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Published June 8, 1998 | public
Journal Article

Relative Reaction Rates of Olefin Substrates with Ruthenium(II) Carbene Metathesis Initiators


The metathesis of terminal olefins having different steric bulk and different geometries as well as electronically different para-substituted styrenes was studied with the ruthenium-based metathesis initiators trans-(PCy_3)_2Cl_2RuCHR. Bulkier olefins were found to react slower, and trans internal olefins were found to be slower than cis. The kinetic product of all reactions was found to be the alkylidene rather than the methylidene. Observed effects were used to explain the mechanism of ring-opening cross metathesis. No linear electronic effects were observed.

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© 1998 American Chemical Society. Received November 19, 1997. We thank Dr. Eric L. Dias, Dr. Bob R. Maughon, Dr. Tomás R. Belderrain, and Dr. Andrew T. Morehead, Jr., for helpful discussions. We also thank the National Science Foundation for financial support.

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