Dinuclear Gold Catalysis: Are Two Gold Centers Better than One?


  • The ERC (Advanced Investigator Award-FUNCAT) and the EPSRC are gratefully acknowledged for support of this work. S.P.N. is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.


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A common golden thread: The exact role of dinuclear gold species in catalysis has recently attracted considerable attention. Such well-defined complexes can now be isolated and fully characterized and may assist in elucidating the exact action of gold centers in gold-catalyzed reactions. In view of the latest developments in this area, possibilities now abound in terms of mechanistic exploration and novel catalyst design.