Olefin Metathesis – The Benefits

What’s the Big Deal? Why do we need a whole website dedicated to olefin metathesis? Because there’s enough information out there to warrant one. And it’s a useful process. Ask any organic chemist and they’ll tell you that most of their time and effort is spent making carbon-carbon bonds. Most of the methods available to […]

Olefin Metathesis -The Mechanism

It would take all day to go into all the details (that we know so far) about the olefin metathesis reaction mechanism. There have been a number of intense experimental and computational studies on various catalyst systems, and there’s still more work to be done to figure it all out. But the basics are widely […]

What is Olefin Metathesis?

Olefin metathesis is a chemical reaction in which two carbon-carbon double bonds (olefins) come together and exchange with one another, forming new olefinic products in the process. In the simple example below, symmetrical disubstituted olefins (each with blue or red substituents) are converted to the non-symmetrical olefins (with one blue and one red substituent).   […]

2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Development of Metathesis Method

In 2005, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs, and Richard R. Schrock “for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis.” The official press release included the following: “This year’s Nobel Prize Laureates in chemistry have made metathesis into one of organic […]