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Alkene metathesis: the search for better catalysts

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Alkene metathesis catalyst development has made significant progress over recent years. Research in metathesis catalyst design has endeavoured to tackle three key issues: those of (i) catalyst efficiency and activity, (ii) substrate scope and selectivity—particularly stereoselective metathesis reactions—and (iii) the minimization of metal impurities and catalyst recycling. This article describes a brief history of metathesis catalyst development, followed by a survey of more recent research, with a particular emphasis on ruthenium catalysts.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2007, accepted on 25 Apr 2007 and first published on 23 May 2007

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B703164P
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2007,0, 2479-2491
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    Alkene metathesis: the search for better catalysts

    P. H. Deshmukh and S. Blechert, Dalton Trans., 2007, 0, 2479
    DOI: 10.1039/B703164P

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