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Answer to Question #18855 in Organic Chemistry for Paul

Question #18855
How would I reduce Au(OH)3 to Au? Please keep in mind I would want to melt the Au into a shiny nugget when I am finished.
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All gold compounds are easily decomposed by heating with the release of metallic gold. Many organic compounds (aldehydes, some alcohols, glucose), and the metal ions in the lowest oxidation (Sn2+, Fe2+, etc.) is reduced to the metallic gold from solutions of its salts.

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