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PQS: A New Platform for Micellar Catalysis. RCM Reactions in Water, with Catalyst Recycling

Bruce H. Lipshutz* and Subir Ghorai

*Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, Email:

B. H. Lipshutz, S. Ghorai, Org. Lett., 2009, 11, 705-708.

DOI: 10.1021/ol8027829 (free Supporting Information)


A surfactant containing a covalently bound ruthenium catalyst dissolves freely in water, forming nanomicelles in which ring-closing metathesis reactions on water-insoluble dienic substrates can occur in pure water at room temperature. It can also be recycled continuously without reaction workup.

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Key Words

Ring Closing Metathesis

ID: J54-Y2009-0410