From Olefin Metathesis Catalyst to Alcohol Racemization Catalyst in One Step


  • The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. CP-FP 211468-2 EUMET. S.P.N. is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. L.C. thanks BSC (QCM-2010-2-0020), and the HPC team of Enea for the use of the ENEA-GRID and the HPC facilities, and CRESCO, in Portici (Italy) for access to remarkable computational resources. A.P. thanks the Spanish MICINN for a Ramón y Cajal contract (RYC-2009-04170) and the European Commission for a Career Integration Grant (CIG09-GA-2011-293900).


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Easy as π: An unusual indenylidene to η5-indenyl rearrangement of a ruthenium catalyst has been observed. The resulting complex is the formal decomposition product of an olefin metathesis precatalyst that displays exceptional activity in the racemization of chiral alcohols at very low catalyst loadings.