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Dr. Xiaowei Miao, Dr. Cédric Fischmeister, Dr. Christian Bruneau, Prof. Pierre H. Dixneuf, Dr. Jean-Luc Dubois and Dr. Jean-Luc Couturier Tandem Catalytic Acrylonitrile Cross-Metathesis and Hydrogenation of Nitriles with Ruthenium Catalysts: Direct Access to Linear α,ω-Aminoesters from Renewables ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 15 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200086

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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.

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