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β- and α-Hydride Abstraction in Gold(I) Alkyl Complexes

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  • Gaël Ung,

    1. UCSD-CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory (UMI 3555), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0343 (USA)
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  • Prof. Guy Bertrand

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    1. UCSD-CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory (UMI 3555), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0343 (USA)
    • UCSD-CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory (UMI 3555), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0343 (USA)

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  • The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from the NIH (R01 GM 68825) and DOE (DE-FG02-13ER16370), and Dr. C. Moore for assistance with X-ray crystallography.

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Why not both? Both β- and α-hydrogen atoms of gold alkyl complexes are hydridic enough to be abstracted, opening a new route to gold–alkene and gold–carbene complexes, respectively.

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