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The reaction between acetylenes and sulfoxides, studied as a test case for gold-catalyzed intermolecular addition, provides the oxyarylation compounds 3 in good yields. Unpredictably, in all cases a single regioisomer arising from the electrophilic aromatic alkylation at the position adjacent to the sulfur atom is obtained instead of the expected(More)
Gold(I) complexes featuring electron acceptor ligands such as phosphites and phosphoramidites catalyze the [4C+2C] intramolecular cycloaddition of allenedienes. The reaction is chemo- and stereoselective, and provides trans-fused bicyclic cycloadducts in good yields. Moreover, using novel chiral phosphoramidite-based gold catalysts it is possible to perform(More)
Efficient at room temperature: The Au complex generated in situ from [(IPr)AuCl] and AgSbF(6) promotes the [4C+3C] intramolecular cycloaddition of allenes and dienes at room temperature, and in a particularly efficient and versatile manner. A DFT study on dimethylallenyl precursors agreed with the formation and cycloaddition of a metal-allyl cation(More)
The mechanism of the gold-catalyzed intermolecular cycloaddition between allenamides and 1,3-dienes has been explored by means of a combined experimental and computational approach. The formation of the major [4+2] cycloaddition products can be explained by invoking different pathways, the preferred ones being determined by the nature of the diene (electron(More)
The intramolecular [4C+3C] cycloaddition reaction of allenedienes catalysed by PtCl(2) and several Au(I) complexes has been studied by means of DFT calculations. Overall, the reaction mechanism comprises three main steps: (i) the formation of a metal allyl cation intermediate, (ii) a [4C(4π)+3C(2π)] cycloaddition that produces a seven-membered ring and(More)
Allenes, owing to their special structural characteristics related to the presence of two π bonds in a formally strained manner, are particularly prone to undergo gold-activated reactions, particularly cycloaddition processes. Theoretical studies based on DFT calculations have been very useful to explain observed reactivities and advance mechanistic(More)
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