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Removing Ruthenium Residues from Olefin Metathesis Reaction Products

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  • Dr. Georgios C. Vougioukalakis

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    1. Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis Zografou, Athens 15771 (Greece) and Institute of Physical Chemistry, NCSR “Demokritos”, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, Athens 15310 (Greece), Fax: (+30) 210-6511766
    • Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis Zografou, Athens 15771 (Greece) and Institute of Physical Chemistry, NCSR “Demokritos”, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, Athens 15310 (Greece), Fax: (+30) 210-6511766
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Abstract

Olefin metathesis has revolutionized the way chemists design and synthesize molecules, mostly due to the development of well-defined ruthenium catalysts with high oxygen-, moisture-, and functional-group tolerance. However, the complete removal of residual ruthenium after the end of a metathesis reaction often imposes significant challenges. This Minireview summarizes the strategies for the sequestration of ruthenium impurities from olefin metathesis post-reaction mixtures, thus comprising a practical guide for synthetic chemists employing ruthenium-catalyzed metathesis reactions in the synthesis of organic or polymeric materials.

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