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Recent Advancements in Ring Closing Olefin Metathesis


Fürstner,  Alois
Research Department Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Fürstner, A. (1997). Recent Advancements in Ring Closing Olefin Metathesis. Topics in Catalysis, 4(3-4), 285-299. doi:10.1023/A:1019117012154.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-0331-7
A short overview on recent developments in ring closing metathesis (RCM) of 1,ω-dienes to cycloalkenes is provided, with particular emphasis on applications to natural product synthesis and the preparation of olfactory perfume ingredients. These examples show that RCM is becoming a mature tool for the formation of carbo– and heterocycles of any size ⩾ 5, including medium and large ring compounds which are difficult to prepare otherwise. Although the reactivity profile of the standard metathesis (pre)catalysts cannot be reduced to a simplistic picture, their excellent compatibility with an array of functional groups will be outlined.