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Keywords:

  • dendrimers;
  • ferrocenes;
  • iron;
  • metathesis;
  • organometallic reagents
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Star- and dendritic-shaped polyolefins can be cleanly and stereospecifically mono- or bifunctionalized by catalytic cross olefin metathesis. Furthermore, this approach provides a rapid overall synthesis of water-soluble dendrimers (see picture) from simple polymethylbenzenes, such as mesitylene and hexamethylbenzene.