Olefin Metathesis at the 241st ACS Meeting

It’s that time of year again…the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition will be held in Anaheim, California from March 27th – 31st. The theme of this spring’s conference is “Chemistry of Natural Resources” and as we’ve seen at past ACS meetings, once again, olefin metathesis fits nicely with the overall theme and […]

Great Series on Progress in Metathesis Chemistry

Progress in Metathesis Chemistry, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2010, 6, 1089. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry started a thematic series last year on olefin metathesis, including several review articles and research papers with Karol Grela as the guest editor. I enjoyed reading Benjamin Davis’ review on the allylic chalcogen effect in olefin metathesis. It’s been […]

Step in Right Direction for Cis-Selectivity in Ru-Catalyzed Metathesis

Teo, P.; Grubbs, R. H.  “Facile Synthesis of Efficient and Selective Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts with Sulfonate and Phosphate Ligands.”  Organometallics,  2010, 29, 6045-6050. A recent report out of the Grubbs’ research group describes a series of novel Ru-(pre)catalysts prepared by the selective substitution of one of the standard chloride ligands of a 2nd generation […]