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A Good Bargain: An Inexpensive, Air-Stable Ruthenium Metathesis Catalyst Derived from α-Asarone

Karol Grela* and Mikhail Kim

*Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, P.O.B. 58, 01-224 Warsaw (Poland), Email:

K. Grela, M. Kim, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2003, 963-966.

DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.200390151


The one-step synthesis of ruthenium carbene catalyst from inexpensive α-asarone is described. This easy to obtain and air stable complex can be used successfully in various types of metathesis (RCM, CM, enyne) as a cheaper and more potent substitute of the Hoveyda-type catalyst.

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Key Words

Homogeneous catalysis, Ring Closing Metathesis, Cross Metathesis, Olefins, Ruthenium

ID: J24-Y2003-150