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From solution-phase to solid-phase enyne metathesis: crossover in the relative performance of two commonly used ruthenium pre-catalysts.

Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBrittain, DE, Gray BL, and Schreiber SL
AbstractA crossover in the ability of two distinct ruthenium-based metathesis pre-catalysts to effect the synthesis of dialkenylboronic esters in solution and on the solid-phase was observed. Specifically, while the Grubbs 2nd generation pre-catalyst 3 affords a greater degree of conversion to product than the Hoveyda-Grubbs pre-catalyst 2 in a solution-phase enyne-metathesis reaction, this trend is reversed in the solid-phase variant. Systematic investigation showed this trend to be general, regardless of variations in the homoallylic alcohol and alkynylboronic ester components of the reaction, as well as in the type of solid support employed. Experiments to determine a mechanistic hypothesis for this trend highlighted the significance of the ruthenium remaining bound to the substrate after metathetic rearrangement and found the presence of phosphine ligand to be detrimental to the success of the solid-phase reaction. Therefore, these results suggest an expanded role for phosphine-free pre-catalysts, such as 2, in challenging solid-phase metathesis reactions.
Year of Publication2005
JournalChemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)
Volume11
Issue17
Pages5086-93
Date Published (YYYY/MM/DD)2005/08/19
ISSN Number0947-6539
DOI10.1002/chem.200500279
PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15995999?dopt=Abstract