The complexes RuCl 2(PCy 3) 2(=CHPh), 1, and RuCl 2(PCy 3)(H 2IMes)(=CHPh), 2, proved to be active catalysts for the self-metathesis of oleate-type fatty compounds containing the ester, hydroxyl, epoxy and carboxylic acid functional groups. At elevated reaction temperatures 2 showed a higher activity, stability and lower selectivity for primary metathesis products compared to 1. A profound influence of organic functional groups on catalyst activity and selectivity was found and from relative activities and selectivities 2 has proved to be more resistant to deactivation by polar functional groups and more inclined to promote double bond isomerisation than 1. The observed catalyst deactivation by oxygen-containing functional groups could be attributed to a phosphine displacement side reaction. © 2008 by MDPI.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||International Journal of Molecular Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2008|
- Grubbs catalysts
- Oleate-type fatty compounds
- Olefin metathesis