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Keywords:

  • cyclizations;
  • enantioselectivity;
  • gold;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • ligand design
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Striking gold: Rather simple aryl substituents are required to convert acyclic diaminocarbenes (ADCs) into useful pseudo-bidentate ligands for monomeric gold(I), which can enantioselectively catalyze a tandem acetylization/cycloisomerization reaction. Tf=trifluoromethanesulfonyl.