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Keywords:

  • fatty esters;
  • hydrogenation;
  • metathesis;
  • renewable resources;
  • ruthenium
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Fraternité, Solidarité & complémentarité en Catalyse: Tandem alkene cross-metathesis of acrylonitrile with long-chain alkene and hydrogenation catalysis is performed by using a single ruthenium-alkylidene catalyst precursor. The protocol allows the catalytic transformation of unsaturated fatty acids, derivatives of plant oils, into α,ω-aminoesters. A key step involves the reduction of nitrile-ester intermediates into aminoesters, the precursors of polyamides, with alkene metathesis catalyst residue under mild conditions.