Stereoselective thioallylation of alkynes under possible gold redox catalysis was accomplished with high efficiency (as low as 0.1 % catalyst loading, up to 99 % yield) and broad substrate scope (various alkynes, inter- and intramolecular fashion). The gold(I) catalyst acts as both a π-acid for alkyne activation and a redox catalyst for AuI/III coupling, whereas the sulfonium cation generated in situ functions as a mild oxidant. This novel methodology provides an exciting system for gold redox catalysis without the need for a strong oxidant.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- gold redox catalysis
- sulfonium cations
- vinyl gold intermediates