"Retracing the Evolution of Monometallic Ruthenium-Arene Catalysts for C-C Bond Formation"

Lionel Delaude and Albert Demonceau

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          source: Dalton Transactions
            year: 2012
          volume: 41
      first page: 9257
       last page: 9268
             doi: 10.1039/c2dt30293d

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Abstract: Preformed or in situ generated monometallic ruthenium-arene complexes with the generic formula RuX2(arene)(L) (L = phosphine or N-heterocyclic carbene) are versatile and efficient catalyst precursors for olefin metathesis and atom transfer radical reactions. Their synthesis is usually accomplished using simple and straightforward experimental procedures starting from the [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 dimer. This article retraces their evolution over the past 20 years and highlights similarities and differences with the parallel development of well-defined RuX2(=CHR)(L1)(L2) ruthenium-alkylidene catalysts.

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