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Gold(I) chloride is used as a starting material for the preparation of Phosphine ligated gold(I) complexes, which is used as catalysts in synthetic chemistry. It is also used to prepare metallic gold and potassium auric bromide and potassium chloride.
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Wegener, M.; Huber, F.; Bolli, C.; Jenne, C.; Kirsch, S. F. Silver-Free Activation of Ligated Gold(I) Chlorides: The Use of [Me3NB12Cl11]-as a Weakly Coordinating Anion in Homogeneous Gold Catalysis. Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21 (3), 1328-1336.
Hazard Statements: H314-H318
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P301+P330+P331-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dusts or mists. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.