A Switchable Gold Catalyst by Encapsulation in a Self-Assembled Cage

Anne C. H. Jans, Adrián Gómez-Suárez, Steven P. Nolan, Joost N. H. Reek

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Dinuclear gold complexes have the ability to interact with one or more substrates in a dual-activation mode, leading to different reactivity and selectivity than their mononuclear relatives. In this contribution, this difference was used to control the catalytic properties of a gold-based catalytic system by site-isolation of mononuclear gold complexes by selective encapsulation. The typical dual-activation mode is prohibited by this catalyst encapsulation, leading to typical behavior as a result of mononuclear activation. This strategy can be used as a switch (on/off) for a catalytic reaction and also permits reversible control over the product distribution during the course of a reaction.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14836-14839
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number42
StatePublished - Sep 4 2016
Externally publishedYes


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