Posts Tagged ‘metal coordination’

Alkene metathesis springs a surprise.

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Alkene metathesis is part of a new generation of synthetic reaction in which a double C=C bond is formed from appropriate reactants where no bond initially exists (another example is the Wittig reaction), with the involvement of a 4-membered-ring metallacyclobutane ring 1 (again, very similar to the Wittig). I thought it might make a good addition to my collection of reaction mechanisms and so as the first step I set about locating the transition state (TS or TS’) for the reaction, using in this case a model for Grubbs’ catalyst. I have located a fair few transition states in my time, and was frankly not expecting a surprise. This is the story that showed otherwise …