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Pure Appl. Chem., 2006, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 469-476

Connecting catalytic cycles by organometallic transformations in situ: Novel perspectives in the olefin metathesis field

Bernd Schmidt

Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, University of Dortmund, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 6, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany

Abstract: Tandem sequences consisting of an olefin metathesis step and a subsequent non-metathesis reaction become accessible by organometallic transformations of the Ru-carbene species in situ. This contribution highlights some tandem sequences that rely on the conversion of the metathesis catalyst to Ru-hydrides, with special emphasis on the tandem ring-closing metathesis (RCM)-double-bond isomerization sequence.