Issue Date: November 10, 2008
Fluorocarbon Solvent Ups Metathesis Yields
Replacing common organic solvents with aromatic fluorocarbons can boost yields in complex olefin metathesis reactions catalyzed by commercial ruthenium catalysts, according to researchers in Poland (Chem. Commun., DOI: 10.1039/b816567j). The commercially available catalysts sometimes provide low yields in olefin metathesis procedures used for synthesizing or derivatizing natural products and biologically active compounds. As a result, some researchers focus on designing more effective catalysts, whereas others simply use higher concentrations of the commercial catalysts. . . .
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