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Published September 17, 1999 | public
Journal Article

Ruthenium Carbene-Based Olefin Metathesis Initiators:  Catalyst Decomposition and Longevity


Thermolytic decomposition pathways were studied for several ruthenium carbene-based olefin metathesis catalysts. Substituted carbenes were found to decompose through bimolecular pathways while the unsubstituted carbene was found to decomposed unimolecularly. Implications for ring-closing metathesis are discussed, and the longevity of several ruthenium-based catalysts are compared.

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© 1999 American Chemical Society. Received May 28, 1999. We wish to thank Dr. Thomas A. Kirkland for providing the RCM substrate and proofreading this manuscript and the National Science Foundation for providing financial support. We also thank Janet Leiben, Melanie S. Sanford, Christopher Bielawski, Dr. Eric F. Connor, and Dr. Janis Louie for helpful discussions.

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