Ruthenium alkylidenes: Fast initiators for olefin metathesis

Joseph E. Williams, Mary J. Harner, Michael B. Sponsler

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A family of ruthenium alkylidene complexes, (H 2IMes)RuCl 2(=CHR)(3-bromopyridine) 2, where R = Me, Et, nPr, as well as the corresponding PCys complexes, (H 2IMes)RuCl 2(=CHR) (PCy 3), have been prepared. The PCys alkylidene complexes exhibit much higher stoichiometric reactivity than does the analogous benzylidene complex, reflecting faster dissociation of PCy 3 from the alkylidene complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2013-2015
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 25 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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