Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Inside Cover: Regio- and Stereoselective Synthesis of Enamides and Dienamides by Ruthenium-Catalyzed Co-Oligomerization of N-Vinylamides with Alkenes or Alkynes (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 27/2007)
Just as with the Chimera, a creature from Greek mythology that has the head of a lion, a goat, and a snake, three distinct monomers can be combined to make one molecule. In their Communication on page 5160 ff., T. Kondo, Y. Ura, and co-workers describe a series of ruthenium-catalyzed co-oligomerization reactions, including the cotrimerization of N-vinylamides with acrylates and ethylene, as a route to biologically and synthetically important enamides and dienamides.