Consideration of the Mechanism of the Olefin Metathesis Reaction

  • Grubbs R
  • Burk P
  • Carr D
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One of the most intriguing problems in organometallic chemistry has been the determination of the mechanism of the olefin metathesis reaction.' Two classes of mechanism have received the most attention. The earliest suggestions involved a concerted switching of carbons through a "quasi- cyclobutane" transition state. This suggestion received much theoretical considerati~n.~.~ A later suggestion in- volved the rearrangement of a diolefin complex through a five-membered metall~cy

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  • Robert H. Grubbs

  • Patrick L. Burk

  • Dale D. Carr

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