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Keywords:

  • chiral acids;
  • enantioselective catalysis;
  • gold;
  • sequential reactions
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All that glitters: Binary catalytic systems of gold(I) complexes and chiral Brønsted acids, which were recently reported by the research groups of Dixon and Gong, represent a significant leap forwards in the area of sequential one-pot reactions. The special feature of these reactions is the isolobal analogy of the proton and [LAuI] cations, which requires a delicate balance between the reactivities of the acids and the gold complexes.