9. Olefin Metathesis: From Academic Concepts to Commercial Catalysts

  1. Peter J. Dunn3,
  2. K. K. (Mimi) Hii4,
  3. Michael J. Krische5 and
  4. Michael T. Williams6
  1. Justyna Czaban1,
  2. Christian Torborg2 and
  3. Karol Grela1,2

Published Online: 23 MAY 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118354520.ch09

Sustainable Catalysis: Challenges and Practices for the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries

Sustainable Catalysis: Challenges and Practices for the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries

How to Cite

Czaban, J., Torborg, C. and Grela, K. (2013) Olefin Metathesis: From Academic Concepts to Commercial Catalysts, in Sustainable Catalysis: Challenges and Practices for the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries (eds P. J. Dunn, K. K. (. Hii, M. J. Krische and M. T. Williams), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118354520.ch09

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Pfizer Green Chemistry Lead, Sandwich, Kent, United Kingdom

  2. 4

    Imperial College London, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

  3. 5

    University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America

  4. 6

    CMC Consultant, Deal, Kent, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAY 2013
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118155424

Online ISBN: 9781118354520

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Keywords:

  • metathesis catalysts;
  • olefin metathesis;
  • ruthenium precatalysts

Summary

Generally metathesis catalysts are based on tungsten, molybdenum, and ruthenium, with the last being considered as generally less active, but more stable toward air and moisture than early transition-metal complexes. This chapter gives an overview of commercially available Ru-based defined olefin metathesis precatalysts. The utilization of water as a medium for organic reactions is accompanied by various advantages over the use of common organic solvents. Water is a widely available, cost-efficient, nontoxic, nonflammable liquid owning a high heat capacity and therefore predestined for the application as a solvent. The olefin metathesis is a sufficiently mature technology to be used in large-scale processes.