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Towards Highly Active and Robust Alkyne Metathesis Catalysts: Recent Developments in Catalyst Design


  • We thank the NSF (DMR-1055705) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Innovative Seed Grant Program) for the funding support.


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Switch it up: Recent developments in alkyne metathesis catalysts are described, with particular emphasis on the rational design of ligands that can improve the catalyst activity and stability (see scheme; M=W, Mo; R=CR′, N) by probing the electrophilicity and the substrate binding sites at the transition-metal center.