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Tandem olefin metathesis/hydrogenation at ambient temperature: activation of ruthenium carbene complexes by addition of hydrides

Bernd Schmidt* and Michael Pohler

*Universität Potsdam, Institut für Chemie, Organische Chemie II, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 25, 14476 Golm, Germany, Email:

B. Schmidt, M. Pohler, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2003, 1, 2512-2517.

DOI: 10.39/b303441k


Ruthenium carbene complexes catalyze ring closing metathesis (RCM) and a subsequent hydrogenation after activation with sodium hydride. Hydrogenation of cyclopentenols proceeds smoothly at ambient temperature and under 1 atm of hydrogen in toluene.

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An Olefin Metathesis/Double Bond Isomerization Sequence Catalyzed by an In Situ Generated Ruthenium Hydride Species

B. Schmidt, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2003, 816-819.

Key Words

Ring Closing Metathesis, Hydrogenation, Cyclopentanols, Cyclopentenes

ID: J52-Y2003-1150