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Published April 9, 2014 | public
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Cyclometalated Ruthenium Alkylidene Complexes: A Powerful Family of Z -Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts


The past 5 years have witnessed an enormous growth in the field of Z-selective olefin metathesis. The development of a new class of cyclometalated ruthenium-based catalysts has extended the utility of olefin metathesis to the synthesis of useful Z-olefin-containing small molecules, polymers, and natural products. This review highlights the recent advances in the area of Z-selective olefin metathesis employing cyclometalated ruthenium alkylidene catalysts, with particular focus on its applications and mechanistic basis. A deeper understanding of structure–activity relationships should aid in the future design of even more active and selective olefin metathesis catalysts.

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© 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Published online: 9 April 2014. Financial support was provided by the NIH (R01-GM031332), the NSF (CHE-1212767), the NDSEG (graduate fellowship to LER), and the NSERC of Canada (postdoctoral fellowship to VMM). We are grateful to Dr. Jeff Cannon, Dr. John Hartung, Dr. Raul Navarro, and Brendan Quigley for helpful discussions associated with the drafting of this manuscript.

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