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Edwin F. van der Eide, Patricio E. Romero and Warren E. Piers
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 4485-4491
The reaction of phosphonium alkylidenes [(H2IMes)RuCl2=CHPR3]+[A]- (R = C6H11, A = OTf or B(C6F5)4, 1-Cy; R = i-C3H7, A = ClB(C6F5)3 or OTf, 1-iPr) with 1 equiv of ethylene at −78 °C, in the presence of 2−3 equiv of a trapping olefin substrate, yields intermediates relevant to olefin metathesis catalytic cycles. Dimethyl cyclopent-3-ene-1,1-dicarboxylate gives solutions of a substituted ruthenacyclobutane 3 of relevance to ring closing metathesis catalysis. 1H and 13C NMR data are fully consistent with its assignment as a ruthenacyclobutane, but 1JCC values of 23 Hz for the CαH2−Cβ bond and 8.5 Hz for the CαH−Cβ bond point to an unsymmetrical structure in which the latter bond is more activated than the former. In contrast, trapping with acenaphthylene leads to an olefin carbene complex (6) in which the putative ruthenacyclobutane has opened; this species was also fully characterized by NMR spectroscopy and compared to related species reported previously.
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