Modeling of Ru and Fe based olefin metathesis
Michael Feldmann, California Institute of Technology
Olefin metathesis is an important reaction for many chemical processes including polymerization. It has been shown that the Grubbs ruthenium-based catalyst is very efficient at olefin metathesis with high functional group tolerance. It has been so successful that we would quickly deplete the world of its supply of ruthenium if we were to use it for all its applications. Looking at related elements that have a higher natural abundance leads to iron. Iron should have similar electronic behavior which could lead to a successful iron based olefin metathesis catalyst.
The mechanism of the ruthenium-based Grubbs catalyst of the formula
Abstract Author(s): Michael Feldmann