Synthesis and characterization of non-chelating ruthenium-indenylidene olefin metathesis catalysts derived from substituted 1,1-diphenyl-2-propyn-1-ols

Baoyi Yu, Yu Xie, Fatma B. Hamad, Karen Leus, Alex A. Lyapkov, Kristof Van Hecke, Francis Walter Cornelius Verpoort

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We report on the synthesis and characterization of the first generation of modified non-chelating indenylidene ruthenium catalysts denoted as RuCl2(4-methyl-3-(o-tolyl)-1-indenylidene)(PCy3)2 5a, RuCl2(3-(p-fluorophenyl)-1-indenylidene)(PCy3)2 5b, RuCl2(3-(2,6-xylyl)-1-indenylidene)(PCy3)2 5c and RuCl2(3-(1-naphthyl)-1-indenylidene)(PCy3)2 5d. The obtained complexes of 5a-d were characterized by means of NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Moreover the structures of 5a-d were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and compared with the standard ruthenium indenylidene complex 3 and the chelating benzylidene complex 2. Additionally, the catalytic performances of the obtained complexes 5a-d were evaluated in various metathesis reactions demonstrating that the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) and ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) reactions revealed a similar catalytic activity in comparison with the reference indenylidene catalyst 3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1858-1867
Number of pages10
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Materials Chemistry

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