Key processes in ruthenium-catalysed olefin metathesis

David J Nelson, Simone Manzini, César A Urbina-Blanco, Steven P Nolan

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While the fundamental series of [2+2]cycloadditions and retro[2+2]cycloadditions that make up the pathways of ruthenium-catalysed metathesis reactions is well-established, the exploration of mechanistic aspects of alkene metathesis continues. In this Feature Article, modern mechanistic studies of the alkene metathesis reaction, catalysed by well-defined ruthenium complexes, are discussed. Broadly, these concern the processes of pre-catalyst initiation, propagation and decomposition, which all have a considerable impact on the overall efficiency of metathesis reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalChemical Communications
Early online date16 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • key processes
  • ruthenium-catalysed
  • olefin
  • metathesis
  • mechanistic aspects
  • alkene metathesis


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