Sulfur-Chelated Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts

Noy B. Nechmad, N. Gabriel Lemcoff

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This Account summarizes the historical development of latent sulfur-chelated ruthenium precatalysts from the Lemcoff group's perspective. The most unique feature of this family of complexes is that they appear in the more stable cis -dichloro configuration, which is latent towards olefin metathesis reactions. Activation of the precatalyst, brought about by isomerization from the cis -dihalo to the trans -dihalo forms, can be achieved either by thermal or light stimuli. Modifications of the ligand sphere bestows unique properties upon the catalysts, which have been used in diverse applications, from 3D printing of metathesis polymers to orthogonally divergent synthetic pathways. 1 Introduction 2 Effect of Sulfur Substituents 3 Effect of Benzylidene Ligands 4 Effect of the NHC Ligands 5 Effect of the Anionic Ligands 6 Conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-266
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - 12 Feb 2021


  • latency
  • ligand design
  • olefin metathesis
  • ruthenium catalyst
  • sulfur-chelated benzylidene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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