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


38. 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.


37. 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. Jannapu Reddy, P. W. Davies,* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2017, 359, 1837-1843.

Designated as a “Very Important Publication".


36. 1-(2-Pyrimidinylamino)pyridinium Inner Salt, P. W.Davies* e-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, 2017.

35. 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".


In top 20 most accessed articles for 2016

34. 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.  


33. 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.

Matt Barretts32: 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.

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In top 5 most downloaded papers for 2016

31: 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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30: 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.


29: 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.


28: 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.General Abstract for Publication 28

27: π-Acid Mediated Insertion of Alkynes into Carbon-Heteroatom σ-Bonds; H. V. Adcock, P. W. Davies,* Synthesis, 2012, 44, 3401-3420.General Abstract for Publication 27

26: 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.General Abstract for Publication 26

25: 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.General Abstract for Publication 25

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24: 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.General Abstract for Publication 24

23: 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.General Abstract for Publication 23

22: 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.


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

20: 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.

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

18: Gold-catalysed room-temperature cycloisomerisation of alkynes and unactivated enolisable ketones; P. W. Davies,* C. Detty-Mambo, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2010, 8, 2918-2922.General Abstract for Publication 18

17: Alkynes as Masked Ylides Under Noble Metal Catalysis; P. W. Davies,* Pure Appl. Chem. 2010, 82, 1537-1544.General Abstract for Publication 17

16: 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.General Abstract for Publication 16

15: 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

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

13: Counterion Effects in a Gold-Catalysed Synthesis of Pyrroles from Alkynyl Aziridines; P. W. Davies,* N. Martin, Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 2293-2296.General Abstract for Publication 13

12: 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.General Abstract for Publication 12

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

10: 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.General Abstract for Publication 10

9: 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.General Abstract for Publication 9


8: 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.General Abstract for Publication 8

7: Heterocycles by PtCl2-Catalyzed Intramolecular Carboalkoxylation or Carboamination of Alkynes; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 15024-15025.General Abstract for Publication 7

6: Bidentate Ruthenium Vinylcarbene Catalysts Derived from Enyne Metathesis; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, C. W. Lehmann, Organometallics, 2005, 24, 4065-4071.General Abstract for Publication 6

5: Cyclobutenes by Platinum-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reactions of Enynes; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, T. Gress, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 8244-8245.General Abstract for Publication 5

4: Alkyne Metathesis; A. Fürstner,* P. W. Davies, Chem. Commun. 2005, 2307-2320.General Abstract for Publication 4


3: 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.General Abstract for Publication 3

2: 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.General Abstract for Publication 2

1: 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.General Abstract for Publication 1


a: 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.

b: For a recent interview with Paul see