Volume 94 Issue 18 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 2, 2016 | Web Date: April 27, 2016

Robust route for carbonyl-olefin metathesis

Iron catalyst spurs synthesis of five-membered rings
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: synthesis, carbonyl, olefin, metathesis, catalytic

When organic chemists want to construct six-membered carbon rings, their go-to method is that old stalwart, the Diels-Alder reaction. But when they want to make five-membered rings, the route is less obvious.

Chemists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, now report a carbonyl-olefin ring-closing metathesis reaction catalyzed by iron that creates such pentagonal structures with ease.

The reaction, says chemistry professor Corinna S. Schindler, who spearheaded the work, has the potential . . .

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