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Homoallenic alcohols are prepared from various propargyl vinyl ethers using a trinuclear gold(I)-oxo complex, [(Ph3PAu)3O]BF4, as a catalyst for propargyl Claisen rearrangement at room temperature.
B. D. Sherry, F. D. Toste, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 15978-15979.


Triazole-Au (TA-Au) complexes are effective chemoselective catalysts in promoting propargyl ester/ether 3,3-rearrangements. Unlike other reported Au catalysts, TA-Au provided effective chirality transfer without racemization over a long period of time, giving enantioenriched allenes with excellent stereoselectivity in excellent yields.
D. Wang, L. N. S. Gautam, C. Bollinger, A. Harris, M. Li, X. Shi, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 2618-2621.


The Au-catalyzed hydrative rearrangement of 1,1-diethynylcarbinol acetates in wet CH2Cl2 produces either 5-acetoxy-2-alkyl-2-cyclopentenones or acetoxymethyl α-alkylallenones as a major product depending on the temperature, reaction time, and catalyst loading.
C. H. Oh, S. Karmakar, J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 370-374.