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Remarkable Catalytic Property of Nanoporous Gold on Activation of Diborons for Direct Diboration of Alkynes

Qiang Chen, Jian Zhao, Yoshifumi Ishikawa, Naoki Asao, Yoshinori Yamamoto and Tienan Jin*

*WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan, Email:

Q. Chen, J. Zhao, Y. Ishikawa, N. Asao, Y. Yamamoto, T. Jin, Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 5766-5769.

DOI: 10.1021/ol4028013 (free Supporting Information)

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The catalytic property of nanoporous gold for activation of bis(pinacolato)diboron allows an efficient direct diboration of alkynes in a heterogeneous process. The nanoporous gold catalyst is able to cleave the B–B bond of bis(pinacolato)diboron without using any additives.

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ID: J54-Y2013