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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • codimerization;
  • enamides;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • ruthenium
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The zero-valent ruthenium complex6-1,3,5-cyclooctatriene)bis(η2-dimethyl fumarate)ruthenium effectively catalyzes the highly selective codimerization of N-vinylamides with alkenes or alkynes and was successfully applied in the cotrimerization of N-vinylamides with ethyl acrylate and ethylene (see scheme). These reactions offer a rapid and atom-economical synthesis of biologically and synthetically important enamides and dienamides.