Reactions of strained hydrocarbons with alkene and alkyne metathesis catalysts

Matthew Carnes, Daniela Buccella, Theo Siegrist, Michael Steigerwald, Colin Nuckolls

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Here we describe the metathesis reactions of a strained eight-membered ring that contains both alkene and alkyne functionality. We find that the alkyne metathesis catalyst produces polymer through a ring-opening alkyne metathesis reaction that is driven by the strain release from the monomer. The strained monomer provides unusual reactivity with ruthenium-based alkene metathesis catalysts. We isolate a discrete trimeric species-a Dewar benzene derivative that is locked in this form through an unsaturated cyclophane strap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14078-14079
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number43
StatePublished - Oct 29 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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