The versatile alkylidene moiety in ruthenium olefin metathesis catalysts

Charles E. Diesendruck, Eyal Tzur, N. Gabriel Lemcoff

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Ruthenium olefin metathesis is without doubt one of the most thriving fields in modern synthetic chemistry. Applications in industry and recent developments in basic research make the study of alkylidene ruthenium compounds both exciting and. rewarding. As usually recurrent in organometallic catalysis, the development of novel ligands, in particular alkylidene ligands, has had a pivotal role in the tremendous success of the area, This microreview details the evolution of the alkylidene ruthenium compounds, including simple alkylidenes, benzylidenes, Fischer carbenes, vinylidenes, allenylidenes, indenylidenes and the important sub-class of chelated alkylidenes, and includes a discussion of the significant effects these ligands have had on the precatalysts properties. (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4185-4203
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number28
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Carbene ligands
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Ligand effects
  • Metathesis
  • Ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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