Oxidative Addition of Alkenyl and Alkynyl Iodides to a AuI Complex

Jamie A. Cadge, Hazel A. Sparkes, John F. Bower*, Christopher A. Russell

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The first isolated examples of intermolecular oxidative addition of alkenyl and alkynyl iodides to AuI are reported. Using a 5,5′-difluoro-2,2′-bipyridyl ligated complex, oxidative addition of geometrically defined alkenyl iodides occurs readily, reversibly and stereospecifically to give alkenyl-AuIII complexes. Conversely, reversible alkynyl iodide oxidative addition generates bimetallic complexes containing both AuIII and AuI centers. Stoichiometric studies show that both new initiation modes can form the basis for the development of C−C bond forming cross-couplings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6617-6621
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
Early online date2 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2020

Structured keywords

  • BCS and TECS CDTs


  • alkenyl iodide
  • alkynyl iodide
  • bipyridyl
  • gold
  • oxidative addition


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