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Published March 2010 | public
Journal Article

Ruthenium-Based Heterocyclic Carbene-Coordinated Olefin Metathesis Catalysts


The fascinating story of olefin (or alkene) metathesis (eq 1) began almost five decades ago, when Anderson and Merckling reported the first carbon-carbon double-bond rearrangement reaction in the titanium-catalyzed polymerization of norbornene. Nine years later, Banks and Bailey reported "a new disproportionation reaction . . . in which olefins are converted to homologues of shorter and longer carbon chains...". In 1967, Calderon and co-workers named this metal-catalyzed redistribution of carbon-carbon double bonds olefin metathesis, from the Greek word "μετάθεση", which means change of position. These contributions have since served as the foundation for an amazing research field, and olefin metathesis currently represents a powerful transformation in chemical synthesis, attracting a vast amount of interest both in industry and academia.

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© 2009 American Chemical Society. Received: July 06, 2009. Publication Date (Web): December 14, 2009. This article is part of the Carbenes special issue. The authors are grateful for financial support provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the 6th European Community Framework Programme.

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