Books on Olefin Metathesis

Until very recently, there were basically two main books on olefin metathesis: Olefin Metathesis and Metathesis Polymerization (1997) edited by K. J. Ivin and J.C. Mol In retrospect, it could be titled: Metathesis Before the Ruthenium Era. Even though I have been working in the field for some time, I was amazed by the depth […]

Intermediates and Ring Closing Metathesis

Va der Eide, E.F.; Piers, W. E. Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 571-576. The ring closing metathesis (RCM) reaction has become a “standard” in olefin metathesis chemistry. However, there are a number of unobserved yet implied intermediates assumed to exist. As a consequence, little is known about the energetics of all the processes involved. Upon reading […]