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A Hexanuclear Gold Cluster Supported by Three-Center–Two-Electron Bonds and Aurophilic Interactions

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  • Ekaterina S. Smirnova,

    1. Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)
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  • Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren

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    1. Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)
    2. Departament de Química Analítica i Química Orgànica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, C/Marcel⋅li Domingo s/n, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)
    • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Av. Països Catalans 16, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)===

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  • We thank the MICINN (CTQ2010-16088/BQU), the European Research Council (Advanced Grant No. 321066), the AGAUR (2009 SGR 47), and the ICIQ Foundation for financial support. We also thank the ICIQ X-Ray diffraction unit for the X-ray structures.

Abstract

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A heart of gold: The first hexanuclear gold cluster formed exclusively by gold(I) centers (see picture; Au yellow, C black, P purple) has been shown to be catalytically active for the activation of alkynes under homogeneous conditions.

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