Insights into the decomposition of olefin metathesis precatalysts

Simone Manzini, Albert Poater, David J. Nelson, Luigi Cavallo, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Steven P. Nolan

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The decomposition of a series of benzylidene, methylidene, and 3-phenylindenylidene complexes has been probed in alcohol solution in the presence of base. Tricyclohexylphosphane-containing precatalysts are shown to yield [RuCl(H)(H2)(PCy3)2] in isopropyl alcohol solutions, while 3-phenylindenylidene complexes lead to η5-(3- phenyl)indenyl products. The potential-energy surfaces for the formation of the latter species have been probed using density functional theory studies. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8995-8999
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number34
StatePublished - Jun 2 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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