Ring-Closing Alkyne Metathesis (RCAM)

Dr. Josephine Nakhla

Alkyne metathesis has been a useful tool for C–C bond formation since the discovery of structurally well-defined metal alkylidynes by Schrock and coworkers.3 These complexes have found use in the synthesis of complex natural products and in material science.4 The limitations of these catalysts include air- and moisture-sensitivity as well as incompatibilities with substrates that contain donor sites. Fürstner and co-workers have recently developed an air-stable molybdenum catalyst for alkyne metathesis, which proved versatile and compatible with substrates containing donor sites.4 The authors also examined the use of this catalyst in the ring-closing cross metathesis (RCAM) of a variety of alkynes in generating various macrocycles in good yields (Scheme 1).

Air-Stable molybdenum catalyst for alkyne metathesis.

Scheme 1. Air-Stable molybdenum catalyst for alkyne metathesis.



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