Keeping Metathesis Simple The cover picture shows a clean, general, and highly efficient route to the three dominant ruthenium catalysts currently used for olefin metathesis. The Full Paper by D. E. Fogg et al. on p. 2020 ff., describes the synthesis of “second-generation” Ru metathesis catalysts in ≥95% isolated yield and excellent purity, by reacting the PCy3 parent complexes with isolated free H2IMes, and using an ion-exchange resin to sequester the liberated phosphine. Workup involves simply filtration and evaporation of the solvent. The speed, efficiency, generality and convenience of this methodology provides an attractive alternative to prior approaches based on in situ deprotonation or deprotection of imidazolinium derivatives.
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