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Catalytic gold rush

Despite gold's reputation as an inert element, chemists have mined a rich seam of catalytic reactions that use this metal. The latest example stakes out gold's claim as a versatile catalyst.

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Figure 1: Gold catalysis in organic synthesis.

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Nolan, S. Catalytic gold rush. Nature 445, 496–497 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/445496a

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