Study of the Activity and Stereoselectivity of Some Metathesis Catalysts with Acyclic Internal Olefins

  • F. Lefebvre
  • X. Bories-Azeau
  • J. M. Basset
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The stereochemistry of the olefin metathesis has been the subject of numerous publications which tried to rationalize the behaviour of various catalysts with acyclic olefins [1-5]. It had been noticed during these studies that a cis olefin gave preferentially a cis olefin and that a trans olefin led essentially to a trans olefin. This was explained in terms of stability of the metallacyclobutanes involved in the catalytic cycle (Scheme 1): the most favoured metallacyclobutanes are those where the substituents in positions 1 and 3 are equatorial. This simple rule allowed the explanation of most experimental results and the configuration retention.


Catalytic Cycle Metathesis Reaction Olefin Metathesis Ring Opening Metathesis Grubbs Catalyst 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lefebvre
    • 1
  • X. Bories-Azeau
    • 1
  • J. M. Basset
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Organométallique de SurfaceUMR CNRS-CPE 9986Villeurbanne CedexFrance

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