Gold-Catalyzed Transformation of Unsaturated Alcohols

Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 357)


The use of gold-complexes to activate carbon–carbon π-bonds has become a well-known and highly reliable mode of reactivity for applications in organic synthesis. This review covers the use of gold-catalysts for activation of unsaturated alcohols to effect substitution with concomitant loss of water and is mostly focused on reactions where the π-acidity appears to overcome the inherent Lewis acidity of the complexes for alcohol activation. Select examples from the literature which demonstrate advances made between 2011 and 2014 are presented.


Allylic alcohols Benzyl alcohols Gold-catalysis Heterocycles Natural products Propargyl alcohols SN2′ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Center for Heterocyclic CompoundsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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