Combined solution calorimetric and quantum mechanics studies of reactions involving saturated and unsaturated N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands show that the difference in their relative bond dissociation energies is very small (1 kcal·mol-1). Structural and computational studies reveal small metric parameter differences. These observations in conjunction with relative reactivity profiles of NHC-modified ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalysts suggest that very small changes in the donor properties of the NHC ligands can translate into significant differences in catalytic properties.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Oct 13 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry