Latent Ruthenium Benzylidene Phosphite Complexes for Visible-Light-Induced Olefin Metathesis

Or Eivgi, Anna Vaisman, Noy B. Nechmad, Mark Baranov, N. Gabriel Lemcoff

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Herein we report two ruthenium benzylidene complexes with benzylphosphite ligands for olefin metathesis. Unlike the previously reported benzylidene phosphite complexes, the benzylphosphite complexes adopt a cis-dichloro configuration making them latent at ambient temperatures. Irradiation with visible light (420 nm and blue LED) prompts activation of the complexes and induces catalysis of olefin metathesis reactions. One of the complexes, cis-Ru-1, was found to be especially suitable for 3D printing of multilayered polydicyclopentadiene structures with excellent spatial resolutions. Additionally, complex cis-Ru-2 was designed with a chromatic orthogonal "kill switch" based on the 2-nitrobenzyl chemistry, allowing the destruction of the catalyst upon exposure to UV-C light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2033-2038
Number of pages6
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2020


  • 3D printing
  • olefin metathesis
  • phosphites
  • photocatalysis
  • photochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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