Pyridine-Stabilized Fast-Initiating Ruthenium Monothiolate Catalysts for Z-Selective Olefin Metathesis
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- Department of Chemistry 
Pyridine as a stabilizing donor ligand drastically improves the performance of ruthenium monothiolate catalysts for olefin metathesis in comparison with previous versions based on a stabilizing benzylidene ether ligand. The new pyridine-stabilized ruthenium alkylidenes undergo fast initiation and reach appreciable yields combined with moderate to high Z selectivity in self-metathesis of terminal olefins after only a few minutes at room temperature. Moreover, they can be used with a variety of substrates, including acids, and promote self-metathesis of ω-alkenoic acids. The pyridine-stabilized ruthenium monothiolate catalysts are also efficient at the high substrate dilutions of macrocylic ring-closing metathesis and resist temperatures above 100 °C during catalysis.