Volume 86 Issue 45 | p. 36 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 10, 2008

Fluorocarbon Solvent Ups Metathesis Yields

Replacing an organic solvent with a perfluorocarbon solvent can improve complex ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reactions
Department: Science & Technology

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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