Insights into the decomposition of Olefin metathesis precatalysts

Simone Manzini, Albert Poater, David James Nelson, Luigi Cavallo, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, Steven Patrick Nolan

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The decomposition of a series of benzylidene, methylidene, and 3‐phenylindenylidene complexes has been probed in alcohol solution in the presence of base. Tricyclohexylphosphane‐containing precatalysts are shown to yield [RuCl(H)(H2)(PCy3)2] in isopropyl alcohol solutions, while 3‐phenylindenylidene complexes lead to η5‐(3‐phenyl)indenyl products. The potential‐energy surfaces for the formation of the latter species have been probed using density functional theory studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8995-8999
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number34
Early online date2 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2014


  • Density functional calculations
  • Hydride ligands
  • Metathesis
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Ruthenium


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