Gold carbenes via 1,2-dialkoxycyclopropane ring-opening: a mass spectrometric and DFT study of the reaction pathways.

Abstract

We report experimental and computational evidence that cationic N-heterocyclic carbene gold complexes with electron-rich cyclopropanes rearrange to produce Fischer gold carbene complexes in the gas phase, in analogy to long-known condensed-phase rearrangements of protonated cyclopropanes. Our results help to generalize the relationship between Lewis-acidic metal complexes of cyclopropanes, metallacyclobutanes and metal carbenes.

DOI: 10.1039/c0cc00086h

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@article{Batiste2010GoldCV, title={Gold carbenes via 1,2-dialkoxycyclopropane ring-opening: a mass spectrometric and DFT study of the reaction pathways.}, author={Laurent Batiste and Alexey Fedorov and Peter Chen}, journal={Chemical communications}, year={2010}, volume={46 22}, pages={3899-901} }