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Gold Carbene Complex Lacking Heteroatom Stabilization

The Widenhoefer group has  recently reported the synthesis and structure of the first gold carbene complex lacking heteroatom stabilization.  Unstabilzied gold carbene complexes have been widely invoked as reactive intermediates in gold- catalyzed transformations but have heretofore escaped direct detection and characterization.  This work, co-authored with graduate student Robert Harris, recently appeared in Angewandte Chemie.  The article may be found here, citing Harris, R. J.; Widehoefer, R. A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9369 –9371.