Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2016, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (1): 61-74.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201511101

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Recent Advances in Nano-Gold-Catalyzed Green Synthesis and Clean Reactions

Shu-Shuang LI,Lei TAO,Qi ZHANG,Yong-Mei LIU,Yong CAO*()   

  • Received:2015-09-23 Published:2016-01-13
  • Contact: Yong CAO
  • Supported by:
    the National Natural Science Foundation of China(21273044, 21473035);China Research Fund for the DoctoralProgram of Higher Education, China(2012007000011);SINOPEC, China(X514005);Science & Technology Commission of ShanghaiMunicipality, China(08DZ2270500, 12ZR1401500)


There has been a surge of interest in using supported gold catalysts in green synthesis and clean reactions. Complementary to their traditional platinum-group metal counterparts, catalysis using nano-gold offers a unique opportunity to obtain target products in high yields, control the chemoselectivity, and access more complex organic molecules in a compact, atom-and step-efficient way. Therefore, it has emerged as a hot topic in the field of green catalysis. This review summarizes our research progress in the area of nano-Aucatalyzed green reactions and their versatility, application in clean chemical synthesis, especially for the construction of N-containing compounds as well as valorization of biomass-derived feedstocks via goldcatalyzed transformations.

Key words: Nano-gold catalyst, Platinum-group metal, Green synthesis, Clean reaction, Reductive transformation