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Catalysts 2017, 7(3), 87; doi:10.3390/catal7030087

Recent Advancements in Stereoselective Olefin Metathesis Using Ruthenium Catalysts

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
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Received: 4 February 2017 / Revised: 7 March 2017 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 14 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ruthenium Catalysts)

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Olefin metathesis is a prevailing method for the construction of organic molecules. Recent advancements in olefin metathesis have focused on stereoselective transformations. Ruthenium olefin metathesis catalysts have had a particularly pronounced impact in the area of stereoselective olefin metathesis. The development of three categories of Z-selective olefin metathesis catalysts has made Z-olefins easily accessible to both laboratory and industrial chemists. Further design enhancements to asymmetric olefin metathesis catalysts have streamlined the construction of complex molecules. The understanding gained in these areas has extended to the employment of ruthenium catalysts to stereoretentive olefin metathesis, the first example of a kinetically E-selective process. These advancements, as well as synthetic applications of the newly developed catalysts, are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: ruthenium; catalysts; stereoselective; asymmetric; Z-selective; olefin; metathesis ruthenium; catalysts; stereoselective; asymmetric; Z-selective; olefin; metathesis
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Montgomery, T.P.; Johns, A.M.; Grubbs, R.H. Recent Advancements in Stereoselective Olefin Metathesis Using Ruthenium Catalysts. Catalysts 2017, 7, 87.

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