Photoactivation of ruthenium phosphite complexes for olefin metathesis

Or Eivgi, Stefano Guidone, Alexander Frenklah, Sebastian Kozuch, Israel Goldberg, N. Gabriel Lemcoff*

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The commercially available catalyst cis-Caz-1 is extremely robust, especially when reactions are performed in an atmosphere of air. This phosphite-containing ruthenium complex only shows olefin metathesis activity at high temperatures. Herein, we report photoactivation of cis-Caz-1 at room temperature with UVA light. Thus, a wide variety of olefin metathesis reactions was performed under mild conditions with good yields. In addition, we report the synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity of a phosphite-chelated ruthenium benzylidene complex, cis-PhosRu-1, which can be efficiently activated either by irradiation with visible light (λ = 405 nm) or by heat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6413-6418
Number of pages6
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number7
StatePublished - 6 Jul 2018


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation


    • latent catalysis
    • olefin metathesis
    • phosphates
    • photochemistry
    • ruthenium


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