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Org Biomol Chem. 2004 Jan 7;2(1):8-23. Epub 2003 Nov 24.

Ru complexes bearing bidentate carbenes: from innocent curiosity to uniquely effective catalysts for olefin metathesis.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA.


The discovery and development of a new class of Ru-based catalysts for olefin metathesis is described. These catalysts, particularly those that do not bear a phosphine ligand, have been demonstrated to promote unique levels of reactivity in a variety of olefin metathesis reactions. The design and development of supported and chiral optically pure variants of this class of Ru catalysts for use in enantioselective metathesis are discussed as well. All catalysts are air stable, reusable, and can be employed with unpurified solvents.

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