A chemdraw picture outlining some of the chemistry developed in the research group. Specifically it shows work from two papers whereby the same substrate is transformed into different products through the use of different catalyst systems. On the left, three different reactions of ynamides under Au(I), Au(III) and Cu(I) catalysis, and on the right, the isomerisation of alkynyl aziridines where the choice of counterion dictates the regioisomeric outcome.
See Angew Chem 2016, 54, 15525 and Org. lett. 2009, 11, 2293 for details
Some representative transformations, where choice of catalyst dictates which new pathway is followed

Total citations >4300; 8 papers > 100 citations. J-Index – 173. H-index – 25.

Research Papers

Gold-Catalyzed Annulations with Nucleophilic Nitrenoids Enabled by Heteroatom-Substituted Alkynes, P. W. Davies* Chem. Rec. 2021, In press.

Showing a general chemdraw for an annulation using a nitrenoid and a heteroatom substituted alkyne

A Radical-Initiated Fragmentary Rearrangement Cascade of Ene-Ynamides to [1,2]-Annulated Indoles via Site-Selective Cyclization, S. Li, Y. Wang, Z. Wu, W. Shi, Y. Lei, P. W. Davies*, W. Shu* Org. Lett., 2021, 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c0251

Graphical abstract showing the radical initiated polycyclisation of ene-ynamides

Gold(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of 3-Sulfenyl Pyrroles and Indoles by a Regioselective Annulation of Alkynyl Thioethers, P. E. Simm, P. Sekar, J. Richardson, P. W. Davies* ACS Catalysis, 2021, 6357–6362. OPEN DATA.

Graphical abstract for the reaction of alkynyl thioethers to prepare pyrroles and indoles

Gold-catalysed cycloisomerisation of ynamides to access 2,2-disubstituted tetrahydrothiophene motifs, P. Heer Kaur and P. W. Davies* Synlett, 2021, 32, 897-900. Link

Graphical abstract showing cycloisomerisation of ynamides with attached allyl sulfoxide unit to prepare tetrahydrothiophenes

Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Alkyne Oxyarylation for C3-Functionalization of Benzothiophenes, P. A. Rist, R. S. Grainger* and P. W. Davies*, Org. Lett. 2021, 23, 642–646. OPEN DATA.

graphical abstract showing the reaction of a benzothiophene S-oxide with an alkyne

Diastereoselective sulfur ylide rearrangements from gold catalysed oxidation of
, J. D. Priest, L. Male and P. W. Davies* Tetrahedron 2021, 78, 131757. Free access

Special issue in memory of Professor Jonathan Williams

Sulfenyl Ynamides in Gold Catalysis: Synthesis of Oxo-functionalised 4-Aminoimidazolyl Fused Compounds by Intermolecular Annulation Reactions, E. M. Arce, S. G. Lamont, P. W. Davies,* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2020, 362, 2503-2509.

Balancing Bulkiness in Gold(I) Phosphino-triazole Catalysis, Y. Zhao, M. G. Wakeling, F. Meloni, T. J. Sum, H. van Nguyen, B. R. Buckley, P. W. Davies, J. S. Fossey,* Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 31-32, 5540-5538.

Invited submission to special issue: Heterocyclic Chemistry Eds. T. Ooi, O. Reiser, A. Smith, C. Vanderwal

Synthesis of Thiomorpholin‐3‐ones by a Gold‐Catalysed Oxidative Cyclisation‐Rearrangement Cascade from Ynamides, T. E. Baker, P. W. Davies,* Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2019,  31-325201-5204.

Invited submission to special issue: Heterocyclic Chemistry Eds. T. Ooi, O. Reiser, A. Smith, C. Vanderwal

A Gold Carbene Manifold to Prepare Fused γ‐Lactams by Oxidative Cyclisation of Ynamides, F. Sanchez-Cantalejo,  J. D. Priest, P. W. Davies,* Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 17215-17219.

Synthesis of N-Acyl Pyridinium-N-Aminides and Their Conversion to 4-Aminooxazoles via a Gold-Catalyzed Formal (3+2)-Dipolar Cycloaddition, M. P. Ball-Jones, P. W. Davies,* Org. Synth. 2018, 95, 112-126.

Alkynyl thioethers in gold-catalysed annulations to form oxazoles, R. J. Reddy, M. P. Ball-Jones, P. W. Davies,* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 13310-13313.

Alkynyl sulfoxides as α-sulfinyl carbene equivalents: Gold-catalysed oxidative cyclopropanation, M. J. Barrett,  G. F. Khan, P. W. Davies,*  R. S. Grainger* Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 5733-5736.

General Entry into o-,o’-Heteroatom-Linked N-(Hetero)aryl Imidazole Motifs by Gold-Catalysed Formal [3+2]-Dipolar Cycloaddition, M. Garzón, E. M. Arce, R. J. Reddy, P. W. Davies,* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2017, 359, 1837-1843.

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In the top 25 Most Accessed ASC papers in 2017

Efficient and flexible synthesis of highly functionalised 4-amino oxazoles by a gold-catalysed intermolecular formal [3+2]-dipolar cycloaddition, A. D. Gillie, R. Jannapu Reddy, P. W. Davies,* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2016, 358, 226-239.

Designated as a Very Important Publication
#6/25 Most accessed ASC paper in 2016 and still in the top 25 Most accessed ASC papers in 2018/9.

Divergent C-H Insertion-Cyclization Cascades of N-Allyl Ynamides; H. V. Adcock, E. Chatzopoulou, P. W. Davies* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 15525-15529. 

Regioselective functionalisation of dibenzothiophenes through gold-catalysed intermolecular alkyne oxyarylation, M. J. Barrett, P. W. Davies,* R. S. Grainger,* Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 8676-8686.

A Direct Route into Fused Imidazo-diazines and Imidazo-pyridines Using Nucleophilic Nitrenoids in a Gold-Catalyzed Formal [3 + 2]-Dipolar Cycloaddition; M. Garzon, P. W. Davies,* Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 4850-4853.

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1,2-N-Migration in a Gold-Catalysed Synthesis of Functionalised Indenes by the 1,1-Carboalkoxylation of Ynamides; H. V. Adcock, T. Langer, P. W. Davies,* Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 7262-7266.

A Gold-Catalysed Fully Intermolecular Oxidation and Sulfur-Ylide Formation Sequence on Ynamides; M. Dos Santos, P. W. Davies,* Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 6001-6004.

Highly regioselective synthesis of 2,4,5-(hetero)aryl substituted oxazoles by intermolecular [3+2]-cycloaddition of unsymmetrical internal alkynes; E. Chatzopoulou, P. W. Davies,* Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 8617-8619.

A reactivity switch in the gold-catalysed coupling of allyl sulfides with propargylic carboxylates; P. W. Davies,* S. J. C. Albrecht, Synlett, 2012, 23, 70-73.

Intermolecular and selective synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted oxazoles by a gold-catalysed formal [3+2] cycloaddition; P. W. Davies,* A. Cremonesi, L. Dumitrescu, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 38, 8931-8935.

Selected as a Hot Article by the editors of Angewandte Chemie for its importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest.
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Isotopic labelling studies for a gold-catalysed skeletal rearrangement of alkynyl aziridines; P. W. Davies,* N. Martin, N. Spencer, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2011, 7, 839-846.

Invited contribution to special issue: Gold Catalysis. Ed. F. D. Toste.

An efficient and selective synthesis of 2,5-substituted pyrroles by gold-catalysed ring expansion of alkynyl aziridines; P. W. Davies,* N. Martin, J. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 696, 159-164.

Invited contribution to special issue: Catalytic addition of E-H bonds to non-activated carbon-carbon multiple bonds. Ed. G. Bertrand.

Site-specific introduction of gold-carbenoids by intermolecular oxidation of ynamides or ynol ethers; P. W. Davies,* A. Cremonesi, N. Martin, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 379-381.

Invited contribution to “Emerging Investigators 2011” issue

Gold-catalysed room-temperature cycloisomerisation of alkynes and unactivated enolisable ketones; P. W. Davies,* C. Detty-Mambo, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2010, 8, 2918-2922.

Alkynes as Masked Ylides Under Noble Metal Catalysis; P. W. Davies,* Pure Appl. Chem. 2010, 82, 1537-1544.

Gold or Platinum-Catalysed Synthesis of Sulfur Heterocycles: Access to Sulfur Ylides Without Using Sacrificial Functionality; P. W. Davies,* S. J. C. Albrecht, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 8372-8375.

Counterion Effects in a Gold-Catalysed Synthesis of Pyrroles from Alkynyl Aziridines; P. W. Davies,* N. Martin, Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 2293-2296.

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Silver-Catalysed Doyle-Kirmse Reaction of Allyl and Propargyl Sulfides; P. W. Davies,* S. J. C. Albrecht, G. Assanelli, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2009, 7, 1276-1279.

Alkynes as Masked Ylides: Gold-Catalysed Intermolecular Reactions of Propargylic Carboxylates with Sulfides; P. W. Davies,* S. J. C. Albrecht, Chem. Commun.2008, 238-240.

Total Synthesis of the Antibiotic Erypoegin H and Cognates by a PtCl2-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reaction; A. Fürstner,* E. K. Heilmann, P. W. Davies, Angew. Chem. 2007, 119, 4844-4847; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 4760-4763.

Heterocycles by PtCl2-Catalyzed Intramolecular Carboalkoxylation or Carboamination of Alkynes; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15024-15025.

Bidentate Ruthenium Vinylcarbene Catalysts Derived from Enyne Metathesis; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, C. W. Lehmann, Organometallics, 2005, 24, 4065-4071.

Cyclobutenes by Platinum-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reactions of Enynes; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, T. Gress, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 8244-8245.

Asymmetric synthesis of avenaciolide via cascade palladium catalysed cyclisation–carbonylation of bromodienes; V. K. Aggarwal,* P. W. Davies, A. T. Schmidt, Chem. Commun. 2004, 1232-1233.

Palladium catalysed cyclisation–carbonylation of enynes to give cyclic γ,δ-unsaturated acids; V. K. Aggarwal,* M. Butters, P. W. Davies, Chem. Commun. 2003, 1046-1047.

A palladium catalysed cyclisation–carbonylation of bromodienes: control in carbonylation over facile β-hydride elimination; V. K. Aggarwal,* P. W. Davies, W. O. Moss, Chem. Commun. 2002, 972-973.


Gold-Catalyzed Annulations with Nucleophilic Nitrenoids Enabled by Heteroatom-Substituted Alkynes, P. W. Davies* Chem. Rec. 2021, In press.

1-(2-Pyrimidinylamino)pyridinium Inner Salt, P. W. Davies* e-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, 2017.

Nucleophilic Nitrenoids Through π-Acid Catalysis: Providing a Common Basis for Rapid Access into Diverse Nitrogen Heterocycles; P. W. Davies,* M. Garzon, Asian J. Org. Chem. 2015, 4, 694-708.

π-Acid Mediated Insertion of Alkynes into Carbon-Heteroatom σ-Bonds; H. V. Adcock, P. W. Davies,* Synthesis, 2012, 44, 3401-3420.

Bürgenstock 2010: Stereochemistry on the shores; P. W. Davies,* Nature Chemistry, 2010, 2, 1011-1013.

Catalytic Carbophilic Activation: Catalysis by Platinum and Gold π Acids; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies,* Angew. Chem. 2007, 119, 3478-3519; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 3410-3449.

Alkyne Metathesis; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, Chem. Commun. 2005, 2307-2320.

Book Chapters

Metathesis in Natural Product Synthesis: Strategies, Substrates and Catalysts; Chapter 7: Ring-closing Alkyne Metathesis in Natural Product Synthesis; P. W. Davies; C. Meyer, S. Arseniyadis, J. Cossy (Eds), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2010, 205-224

Organometallics: Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis; P. W. Davies,* Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem. Sect. B: Org. Chem. 2010, 106, 98-119.

Handbook of Cyclization Reactions; Chapter 12: Ring-closing Metathesis of Alkynes; P. W. Davies, S. Ma (Ed), (Vol 1) Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2009, 599-620

Organometallics: Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis; P. W. Davies,* Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem. Sect. B: Org. Chem. 2009, 105, 93-112.

Organometallics: Transition Metals in Organic Synthesis; P. W. Davies,* Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem. Sect. B: Org. Chem. 2008, 104, 68-87.


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Iridium Catalysed Synthesis of Vinyl Ether by the Reaction of Alcohol and Vinyl Acetate (1 Methoxy-4-vinyloxybenzene); Submitted by: T. Hirabayashi, S. Sakaguchi, Y. Ishii. Checked by: P. W. Davies, A. Fürstner, Org. Synth. 2005, 82, 55.