Gold(i)-catalyzed synthesis of furans and pyrroles via alkyne hydration

Pierrick Nun, Stéphanie Dupuy, Sylvain Gaillard, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo, Steven P. Nolan

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Furans and pyrroles were prepared via the gold(i)-catalyzed alkyne hydration of diynes. The use of [Au(IPr)OH] as precatalyst in a silver-free protocol permits low catalyst loadings and in situ generation of the active cationic gold species. A detailed computational study confirmed the experimental results and supports the proposed mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis


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