Special Issue "Recent Advances in Ruthenium-Catalyzed Processes"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Gonsalvi
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Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds, National Research Council of Italy (ICCOM-CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy
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Interests: organometallics and catalysis in water and biphasic systems; CO2 activation and utilization processes; hydrogen activation, production and storage by organometallics; homogeneous catalysis; catalytic mechanisms
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Dr. Antonella Guerriero
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Institute for the Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy
Interests: water-soluble ligands; cage-like aminophosphines; organometallic compounds; ruthenium complexes; homogeneous and aqueous phase catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In spite of the recent trend aimed at replacing precious metals with earth-abundant counterparts, ruthenium is still considered a highly desired transition metal in homogeneous catalysis, as it can be applied in a broad range of crucial substrate conversions that are useful both in academia and in industry, such as bond-forming and bond-breaking reactions, small molecules activation, polymer synthesis, etc. In the last decade, many research groups worldwide have contributed to the scientific literature in the area of ruthenium-catalyzed homogeneous reactions, demonstrating that the state-of-the-art for some important chemical transformations can be improved by a tailored choice of ligands, additives, and tuning of the reaction conditions.

This Special Issue will collect recent advances in Ru-based homogeneous catalyst syntheses, applications, and mechanistic studies related but not limited to the following processes:

  • C-C bond forming reactions, such as olefin metathesis and cross-metathesis; ring-opening and ring-closing reactions; annulation and cyclization reactions, etc.;
  • Atom-transfer radical polymerizations;
  • Addition reactions via vinylidene or allenylidene complexes;
  • C-H bond activation;
  • C-Element (C, N, O) unsaturated bond hydrogenation, including (asymmetric) transfer hydrogenation reactions;
  • Dehydrogenation/hydrogenation reactions, including “borrowing hydrogen” examples;
  • Isomerization reactions, especially olefin and allylic alcohols isomerizations;
  • Hydroamination and tandem hydroaminomethylation reactions;
  • Organonitrile hydration reactions;
  • Olefin and alkyne carbonylation reactions;
  • Oxidation reactions by high-valent ruthenium catalysts;
  • Small molecules activation, i.e., hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide activation;
  • Study of Ru-catalyzed reaction mechanisms by experimental and theoretical methods.

We look forward to receiving your expert contributions to this Special Issue of Catalysts.

Dr. Luca Gonsalvi
Dr. Antonella Guerriero
Guest Editors

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  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • C-C bond formation
  • Olefin metathesis and cross-metathesis
  • ROMP
  • RCM
  • Cyclization
  • Annulation
  • ATRP
  • Ru-vinylidenes
  • Ru-allenylidenes
  • C-H bond activation
  • Hydrogen activation
  • Oxygen activation
  • CO2 activation
  • CO activation
  • Hydrogenation of C=C and C=X (X = N,O) unsaturated bonds
  • Transfer hydrogenation, including asymmetric version
  • Olefin isomerization
  • Allylic alcohol isomerization
  • Hydroamination
  • Nitrile hydration
  • Olefin carbonylation
  • Alkyne carbonylation
  • Oxidations by Ru molecular catalysts
  • Small molecules activation
  • Ru-based reaction mechanisms by DFT calculations
  • Ru-based reaction mechanisms by spectroscopic techniques
  • Ru-based reaction kinetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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