Key processes in ruthenium-catalysed olefin metathesis
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While the fundamental series of [2+2]cycloadditions and retro[2+2]cycloadditions that make up the pathways of ruthenium-catalysed metathesis reactions is well-established, the exploration of mechanistic aspects of alkene metathesis continues. In this Feature Article, modern mechanistic studies of the alkene metathesis reaction, catalysed by well-defined ruthenium complexes, are discussed. Broadly, these concern the processes of pre-catalyst initiation, propagation and decomposition, which all have a considerable impact on the overall efficiency of metathesis reactions.
Nelson , D J , Manzini , S , Urbina Blanco , C A & Nolan , S P 2014 , ' Key processes in ruthenium-catalysed olefin metathesis ' Chemical Communications , vol 50 , no. 72 , pp. 10355-10375 . DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02515F
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The authors acknowledge the following sources of funding: the EPSRC, the ERC (via Advanced Investigator Grant ‘FUNCAT’ to SPN), the EC (via FP7 project ‘EUMET’) and Umicore (for gifts of materials). SPN is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.