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Issue 8, 2011
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On the ethenolysis of natural rubber and squalene

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We report here the ethenolysis of squalene and natural rubber utilizing (NHC)(NHCewg)RuCl2(= CRR’) and Grubbs–Hoveyda complexes. 0.01 mol% [Ru] per double bond are sufficient for extensive squalene cleavage, resulting in the formation of numerous terminal olefins, which were identified by GC/MS. The depolymerization of natural rubber requires 0.1 mol% [Ru] and leads to the formation of various oligomeric isoprenes, several of which (n = 2–6) were isolated and characterized.

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The article was received on 10 Mar 2011, accepted on 13 May 2011 and first published on 28 Jun 2011

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15265C
Citation: Green Chem., 2011,13, 2008-2012
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    On the ethenolysis of natural rubber and squalene

    S. Wolf and H. Plenio, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2008
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15265C

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