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Highly Active Ruthenium Metathesis Catalysts Exhibiting Unprecedented Activity and Z-Selectivity

Lauren E. Rosebrugh, Myles B. Herbert, Vanessa M. Marx, Benjamin K. Keitz and Robert H. Grubbs*

*Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, United States, Email:

L. E. Rosebrugh, M. B. Herbert, V. M. Marx, B. K. Keitz, R. H. Grubbs, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1276-1279.

DOI: 10.1021/ja311916m (free Supporting Information)


A chelated ruthenium-based metathesis catalyst bearing an N-2,6-diisopropylphenyl group displays near-perfect selectivity for the Z-olefin (>95%) in a variety of homodimerization and industrially relevant metathesis reactions.

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Key Words

olefin metathesis, ring closing metathesis

ID: J48-Y2013-0210