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Myles B. Herbert, Dr. Vanessa M. Marx, Dr. Richard L. Pederson and Dr. Robert H. Grubbs Concise Syntheses of Insect Pheromones Using Z-Selective Cross Metathesis Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 10 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201206079

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Very short synthetic routes to nine cis-olefin-containing pheromones containing a variety of functionality, including an unconjugated (E,Z) diene, are reported (see scheme). These lepidopteran pheromones are used extensively for pest control, and were easily prepared using ruthenium-based Z-selective cross metathesis, highlighting the advantages of this method over less efficient ways to form Z olefins.

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