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Augmentation of productivity in olefin cross-metathesis: maleic acid does the trick!

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Herein, the effect of subtle substrate modifications on the cross-metathesis (CM) catalyzed by ruthenium complexes is presented. The presence of a carboxylic acid moiety in the substrate (i.e. maleic acid – MA-H) was shown to positively influence the outcome of the reaction even for complexes that normally do not perform well with analogous esters (maleates or acrylates). In the cross-metathesis reaction of methyl oleate (MO) with MA-H, good conversion (92%) and good selectivity towards the CM products (92%) were achieved with low catalyst loadings. Additionally, the scope of the reaction was expanded to a variety of vegetable oils.

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The article was received on 01 Jun 2016, accepted on 29 Sep 2016 and first published on 30 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY01181K
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 8138-8147
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    Augmentation of productivity in olefin cross-metathesis: maleic acid does the trick!

    L. A. Ferreira and H. S. Schrekker, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 8138
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CY01181K

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