Synlett 2019; 30(17): 1981-1987
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1611834
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Anion Metathesis in Facile Preparation of Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Bearing a Quaternary Ammonium Chloride Tag

Michał Patrzałek
Jakub Piątkowski
Anna Kajetanowicz*
Karol Grela*
Biological and Chemical Research Centre, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Żwirki i Wigury Street 101, 02-089 Warszawa, Poland   Email:   Email:
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The authors are grateful to the ‘Catalysis for the Twenty-First Century Chemical Industry’ project carried out within the TEAM-TECH programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development under the Operational Programme Smart Growth. The study was carried out at the Biological and Chemical Research Centre, University of Warsaw, established within the project co-financed by European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Programme Innovative Economy, 2007–2013.
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Publication History

Received: 18 February 2019

Accepted after revision: 25 April 2019

Publication Date:
20 May 2019 (online)

◊ J.P. and M.P. contributed equally to this work

Dedicated to Professor Mieczysław Mąkosza on the occasion of his 85th birthdayó

Published as part of the Cluster Metathesis beyond Olefins


Easy and efficient method for preparation of all-chloro ruthenium catalysts bearing a quaternary ammonium tag was developed. The key anion metathesis reaction was made with AgCl, and the facile recycling of silver wastes was demonstrated. The developed method transforms more accessible, yet poorly characterised mixed chloro/iodo Ru complexes into valuable all-chloro catalysts, useful in aqueous metathesis. Practical utility of the developed anion metathesis reaction was demonstrated by preparation of a commercial Ru catalyst, StickyCat™, on a 5 gram scale.

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