Stoichiometric and catalytic reactions of gold utilizing ionic liquids

Maggel Deetlefs, H.G. Raubenheimer, M.W. Esterhuysen

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The first thiazolium gold(III) compound that qualifies as an ionic liquid has been prepared and crystallographically characterized. Hydration of phenylacetylene with this compound as catalyst precursor in ionic liquids indicates that gold(Ill)based ionic liquids could serve both as solvents and catalysts for organic transformations. The potential re-use of catalysts is an advantage achieved by recycling the ionic liquid phase. Various imidazolium-derived ionic liquids as well as the new thiazolium compound can be converted into gold carbene complexes by sequential deprotonation and coordination, opening the way for in situ catalyst tailoring. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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