Over the last few years, my group has been developing new polyfunctional ligands for transition metals. We are particularly interested in original metal / ligand interactions (such as the coordination of Lewis acids as σ-acceptor ligands) and in new reactivity patterns of the coinage metals.
This presentation will focus on organo gold complexes. With the aim to open new avenues in gold catalysis, we have challenged the presumed reluctance of gold to undergo several key elementary transformations. Thanks to rationale ligand design, we have shown that gold complexes can in fact undergo oxidative addition, migratory insertion and β-H elimination under very mild conditions. Our main achievements in this area will be discussed. The specific properties of gold and the precise role of the “ancillary” ligands will be emphasized.
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