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Olefin metathesis

Olefin metathesis

Olefin metathesis is an Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs, and Richard R. Schrock were collectively awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.[2]


  • Catalysts 1
  • Applications 2
  • Types of olefin metathesis processes 3
  • Reaction mechanism 4
  • Historical overview 5
    • Grubbs catalysts 5.1
    • Schrock catalysts 5.2
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • See also 8


The reaction is Grubbs' catalysts. Schrock catalysts are molybdenum(IV)- and tungsten(IV)-based, and are examples of Schrock alkylidenes.[3]

Commercially available schrock catalysts

Grubbs' catalysts, on the other hand, are ruthenium(II) carbenoid complexes.[4] Grubbs' catalysts are often modified with a chelating isopropoxystyrene ligand to form the related Hoveyda–Grubbs catalyst.

Common Grubbs catalysts


Olefin metathesis was first commercialized in petroleum reformation for the synthesis of higher olefins from the products (alpha-olefins) from the Shell higher olefin process (SHOP) under high pressure and high temperatures.

Modern catalysts can be used for a variety of specialized monomers. Modern applications include the synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs,[5] macrocyclic crownophanes[6] the manufacturing of high-strength materials, the production of propylene,[7] the preparation of cancer-targeting nanoparticles,[8] and the conversion of renewable plant-based feedstocks into hair and skin care products.[9]

Types of olefin metathesis processes

Some important classes of olefin metathesis include:

Reaction mechanism

Hérisson and Chauvin first proposed the widely accepted mechanism of transition metal alkene metathesis.[10] The direct [2+2] cycloaddition of two alkenes is formally symmetry forbidden and thus has a high activation energy. The Chauvin mechanism involves the [2+2] cycloaddition of an alkene double bond to a transition metal alkylidene to form a metallacyclobutane intermediate. The metallacyclobutane produced can then cyclorevert to give either the original species or a new alkene and alkylidene. Interaction with the d-orbitals on the metal catalyst lowers the activation energy enough that the reaction can proceed rapidly at modest temperatures.

Olefin metathesis mechanism

Like most chemical reactions, the metathesis pathway is driven by a thermodynamic imperative; that is, the final products are determined by the energetics of the possible products, with a distribution of products proportional to the exponential of their respective energy values. In olefin metathesis, however, this is especially relevant since all the possible products have similar energy values (all of them contain an olefin). Because of this the product mixture can be tuned by reaction conditions, such as gas pressure and substrate concentration. In some cases a given reaction can be run in either direction to near completion.

Classification of Olefin metathesis reactions

Cross metathesis and Ring-closing metathesis are often driven by the entropically favored evolution of ethylene or propylene, which are both gases. Because of this CM and RCM reactions often use alpha-olefins. The reverse reaction of CM of two alpha-olefins, ethenolysis, can be favored but requires high pressures of ethylene to increase ethylene concentration in solution. The reverse reaction of RCM, ring-opening metathesis, can likewise be favored by a large excess of an alpha-olefin, often styrene. Ring opening metathesis usually involves a strained alkene (often a norbornene) and the release of ring strain drives the reaction. Ring-closing metathesis, conversely, usually involves the formation of a five- or six-membered ring, which is energetically favorable; although these reactions tend to also evolve ethylene, as previously discussed. RCM has been used to close larger macrocycles, in which case the reaction may be kinetically controlled by running the reaction at extreme dilutions.[11] The same substrates that undergo RCM can undergo acyclic diene metathesis, with ADMET favored at high concentrations. The Thorpe–Ingold effect may also be exploited to improve both reaction rates and product selectivity.

Cross-metathesis is synthetically equivalent to (and has replaced) a procedure of ozonolysis of an alkene to two ketone fragments followed by the reaction of one of them with a Wittig reagent.

Historical overview

Known chemistry prior to the advent of olefin metathesis was introduced in the 1950s by Karl Ziegler, who as part of ongoing work in what would later become known as Ziegler–Natta catalysis studied ethylene polymerization, which on addition of certain metals resulted in 1-butene instead of a saturated long-chain hydrocarbon (see nickel effect).[12]

In 1960 a Du Pont research group polymerized norbornene to polynorbornene using lithium aluminum tetraheptyl and titanium tetrachloride[13] (a patent by this company on this topic dates back to 1955[14]),

metathesis Duport 1960

a reaction then classified as a so-called coordination polymerization. According to the then proposed reaction mechanism a RTiX titanium intermediate first coordinates to the double bond in a pi complex. The second step then is a concerted SNi reaction breaking a CC bond and forming a new alkylidene-titanium bond; the process then repeats itself with a second monomer:

Metathesis DuPont mechanism

Only much later the polynorbornene was going to be produced through ring opening metathesis polymerisation. The DuPont work was led by Herbert S. Eleuterio. Giulio Natta in 1964 also observed the formation of an unsaturated polymer when polymerizing cyclopentene with tungsten and molybdenum halides.[15]

In a third development leading up to olefin metathesis, researchers at Phillips Petroleum Company in 1964[16] described olefin disproportionation with catalysts molybdenum hexacarbonyl, tungsten hexacarbonyl, and molybdenum oxide supported on alumina for example converting propylene to an equal mixture of ethylene and 2-butene for which they proposed a reaction mechanism involving a cyclobutane (they called it a quasicyclobutane) – metal complex:

Metathesis cyclobutane mechanism

This particular mechanism is symmetry forbidden based on the Woodward–Hoffmann rules first formulated two years earlier. Cyclobutanes have also never been identified in metathesis reactions another reason why it was quickly abandoned.

Then in 1967 researchers at the

See also

  1. "Olefin Metathesis: Big-Deal Reaction".  
  2. "Olefin Metathesis: The Early Days".  
  5. Samojłowicz, C.; Grela, K. (2009). "Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Bearing N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands".  
  6. Vougioukalakis, G. C.;  
  7. Trnka, T. M.;  
  10. Grela, K. (Ed.) (2010). "Progress in metathesis chemistry (Editorial for Open Access Thematic Series)".  

Further reading

  1. ^ Astruc D. (2005). "The metathesis reactions: from a historical perspective to recent developments" (abstract). New J. Chem. 29 (1): 42–56.  
  2. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005" (Press release).  
  3. ^ R.R. Schrock (1986). "High-oxidation-state molybdenum and tungsten alkylidene complexes".  
  4. ^ Ileana Dragutan, Valerian Dragutan, Petru Filip (2005). "Recent developments in design and synthesis of well-defined ruthenium metathesis catalysts – a highly successful opening for intricate organic synthesis".  
  5. ^ McCauley JA, McIntyre CJ, Rudd MT, Nguyen KT, Romano JJ, Butcher JW, Gilbert KF, Bush KJ, Holloway MK, Swestock J, Wan BL, Carroll SS, DiMuzio JM, Graham DJ, Ludmerer SW, Mao SS, Stahlhut MW, Fandozzi CM, Trainor N, Olsen DB, Vacca JP, Liverton NJ (March 2010). "Discovery of vaniprevir (MK-7009), a macrocyclic hepatitis C virus NS3/4a protease inhibitor". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 53 (6): 2443–63.  
  6. ^ Kotha, S; Waghule GT (June 2012). "Diversity Oriented Approach to Crownophanes by Enyne Metathesis and Diels–Alder Reaction as Key Steps". J. Org. Chem 77 (14): 6314–6318.  
  7. ^ Propylene From Ethylene and Butene via Metathesis
  8. ^ Matson JB, Grubbs RH (2008). "Synthesis of Fluorine-18 Functionalized Nanoparticles for use as in vivo Molecular Imaging Agents". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130 (21): 6731–6733.  
  9. ^ "Dow Corning and Elevance Announce Partnership to Market Naturally Derived Ingredients in Personal Care Applications" (Press release). Elevance Renewable Sciences. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Jean-Louis Hérisson, Par; Chauvin, Yves (1971). "Catalyse de transformation des oléfines par les complexes du tungstène. II. Télomérisation des oléfines cycliques en présence d'oléfines acycliques". Die Makromolekulare Chemie (in French) 141 (1): 161–176.  
  11. ^ Sambasivarao Kotha, Kuldeep Singh (2007). "Cross-enyne and ring-closing metathesis cascade: A building-block approach suitable for diversity-oriented synthesis of densely functionalized macroheterocycles with amino acid scaffolds". European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2007 (35): 5909–5916.  
  12. ^ Ziegler, Karl; Holzkamp, E.; Breil, H.; Martin, H. (1955). "Polymerisation von Äthylen und anderen Olefinen".  
  13. ^ Truett, W. L.; Johnson, D. R.; Robinson, I. M.; Montague, B. A. (1960). "Polynorbornene by Coordination Polymerization".  
  14. ^ A. W. Anderson and N. G. Merckling, U. S. U.S. Patent 2,721,189 (18 October 1955)
  15. ^ Natta, G.; Dall'asta, G.; Mazzanti, G. (1964). "Stereospecific Homopolymerization of Cyclopentene".  
  16. ^ Banks, R. L.; Bailey, G. C. (1964). "Olefin Disproportionation. A New Catalytic Process". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development 3 (3): 170–173.  
  17. ^ Calderon, N; Chen, Hung Yu; Scott, Kenneth W. (1967). "Olefin metathesis – A novel reaction for skeletal transformations of unsaturated hydrocarbons". Tetrahedron Letters 8 (34): 3327–3329.  
  18. ^ Calderon, Nissim.; Ofstead, Eilert A.; Ward, John P.; Judy, W. Allen.; Scott, Kenneth W. (1968). "Olefin metathesis. I. Acyclic vinylenic hydrocarbons".  
  19. ^ Jean-Louis Hérisson, Par; Chauvin, Yves (1971). "Catalyse de transformation des oléfines par les complexes du tungstène. II. Télomérisation des oléfines cycliques en présence d'oléfines acycliques". Die Makromolekulare Chemie 141 (1): 161–176.  
  20. ^ E. O. Fischer, A. Maasböl (1964). "On the Existence of a Tungsten Carbonyl Carbene Complex".  
  21. ^ S. Lewandos, G; Pettit, R. (1971). "A proposed mechanism for the metal-catalysed disproportionation reaction of olefins". Tetrahedron Letters 12 (11): 789–793.  
  22. ^ Lewandos, Glenn S.; Pettit, R. (1971). "Mechanism of the metal-catalyzed disproportionation of olefins".  
  23. ^ Grubbs, Robert H.; Brunck, Terence K. (1972). "Possible intermediate in the tungsten-catalyzed olefin metathesis reaction".  
  24. ^ Biefeld, Carol G.; Eick, Harry A.; Grubbs, Robert H. (1973). "Crystal structure of bis(triphenylphosphine)tetramethyleneplatinum(II)".  
  25. ^ Katz, Thomas J.; McGinnis, James (1975). "Mechanism of the olefin metathesis reaction".  
  26. ^ Casey, Charles P.; Burkhardt, Terry J. (1974). "Reactions of (diphenylcarbene)pentacarbonyltungsten(0) with alkenes. Role of metal-carbene complexes in cyclopropanation and olefin metathesis reactions".  
  27. ^ Grubbs, Robert H.; Burk, Patrick L.; Carr, Dale D. (1975). "Mechanism of the olefin metathesis reaction".  
  28. ^ Grubbs, Robert H.; Carr, D. D.; Hoppin, C.; Burk, P. L. (1976). "Consideration of the mechanism of the metal catalyzed olefin metathesis reaction".  
  29. ^ Tebbe, F. N.; Parshall, G. W.; Reddy, G. S. (1978). "Olefin homologation with titanium methylene compounds".  
  30. ^ Howard, T. R.; Lee, J. B.; Grubbs, R. H. (1980). "Titanium metallacarbene-metallacyclobutane reactions: stepwise metathesis".  
  31. ^ Stille, John R.; Grubbs, Robert H. (1986). "Synthesis of (.+-.)-.DELTA.9,12-capnellene using titanium reagents".  
  32. ^ Gilliom, Laura R.; Grubbs, Robert H. (1986). "Titanacyclobutanes derived from strained, cyclic olefins: the living polymerization of norbornene".  
  33. ^ Schrock, R. R.; Feldman, J.; Cannizzo, L. F.; Grubbs, R. H. (1987). "Ring-opening polymerization of norbornene by a living tungsten alkylidene complex". Macromolecules 20 (5): 1169–1172.  
  34. ^ Michelotti, Francis W.; Keaveney, William P. (1965). "Coordinated Polymerization of the Bicyclo-(2.2.1)-heptene-2 Ring System (Norbornene) in Polar Media". J. Polymer Science: Part A 3 (3): 895–905.  
  35. ^ Rinehart, Robert E.; Smith, Homer P. (1965). "The Emulsion Polymerization of the Norbornene Ring System Catalyzed by Noble Metal Compounds". J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Lett. 3 (12): 1049–1052.  
  36. ^ Porri, Lido; Rossi, Renzo; Diversi, Pietro; Lucherini, Antonio (1974). "Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cycloolefins with Catalysts Derived from Ruthenium and Iridium". Die Makromolekulare Chemie 175 (11): 3097–3115.  
  37. ^ Novak, Bruce M.; Grubbs, Robert H. (1988). "The ring opening metathesis polymerization of 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene derivatives: a new acyclic polymeric ionophore".  
  38. ^ Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Johnson, Lynda K.; Grubbs, Robert H.; Ziller, Joseph W. (1992). "Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene by a Group VIII carbene complex in protic media".  
  39. ^ Nguyen, Sonbinh T.; Grubbs, Robert H.; Ziller, Joseph W. (1993). "Syntheses and activities of new single-component, ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalysts".  
  40. ^ Schwab, Peter; France, Marcia B.; Ziller, Joseph W.; Grubbs, Robert H. (1995). "A Series of Well-Defined Metathesis Catalysts–Synthesis of [RuCl2(CHR′)(PR3)2] and Its Reactions".  
  41. ^ Schwab, Peter; Grubbs, Robert H.; Ziller, Joseph W. (1996). "Synthesis and Applications of RuCl2(=CHR')(PR3)2: The Influence of the Alkylidene Moiety on Metathesis Activity".  
  42. ^ Schrock, R. R.; Meakin, P. (1974). "Pentamethyl complexes of niobium and tantalum".  
  43. ^ McLain, S. J.; Wood, C. D.; Schrock, R. R. (1979). "Preparation and characterization of tantalum(III) olefin complexes and tantalum(V) metallacyclopentane complexes made from acyclic .alpha. olefins".  
  44. ^ Schrock, R; Rocklage, Scott; Wengrovius, Jeffrey; Rupprecht, Gregory; Fellmann, Jere (1980). "Preparation and characterization of active niobium, tantalum and tungsten metathesis catalysts". Journal of Molecular Catalysis 8 (1–3): 73–83.  
  45. ^ Wengrovius, Jeffrey H.; Schrock, Richard R.; Churchill, Melvyn Rowen; Missert, Joseph R.; Youngs, Wiley J. (1980). "Multiple metal-carbon bonds. 16. Tungsten-oxo alkylidene complexes as olefins metathesis catalysts and the crystal structure of W(O)(CHCMe3(PEt3)Cl2".  
  46. ^ Schrock, Richard R.; Murdzek, John S.; Bazan, Gui C.; Robbins, Jennifer; Dimare, Marcello; O'Regan, Marie (1990). "Synthesis of molybdenum imido alkylidene complexes and some reactions involving acyclic olefins".  
  47. ^ Bazan, Guillermo C.; Oskam, John H.; Cho, Hyun Nam; Park, Lee Y.; Schrock, Richard R. (1991). "Living Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of 2,3-Difunctionalized 7-Oxanorbornenes and 7-Oxanorbornadienes by Mo(CHCMe2R)(N-2,6-C6H3-i-Pr2)(O-t-Bu)2 and Mo(CHCMe2R)(N-2,6-C6H3-i-Pr2)(OCMe2CF3)2".  
  48. ^ McConville, David H.; Wolf, Jennifer R.; Schrock, Richard R. (1993). "Synthesis of chiral molybdenum ROMP initiators and all-cis highly tactic poly(2,3-(R)2norbornadiene) (R = CF3 or CO2Me)".  


With a Schrock catalyst modified with a BINOL ligand in a norbornadiene ROMP leading to highly stereoregular cis, isotactic polymer.

Metathesis ROMP Schrock 1993

The first asymmetric catalyst followed in 1993[48]

Commercial Schrock catalyst

Schrock alkylidenes for olefin metathesis of the type Mo(NAr)(CHC(CH3)2R){OC(CH3)(CF3)2}2 were commercialized starting in 1990.[46][47]

[45] were also found to be effective.3(PEt)2 In another development, certain tungsten oxo complexes of the type W(O)(CHt-Bu)(Cl)[44]Cl (replacing 2Ta(CHt-bu)(Ot-bu)3 But by tweaking this structure to a PR

Metathesis Schrock 1979

Schrock entered the olefin metathesis field in 1979 as an extension of work on tantalum alkylidenes.[42] The initial result was disappointing as reaction of CpTa(=CH-t-Bu)Cl2 with ethylene yielded only a metallacyclopentane, not metathesis products:[43]

Schrock catalysts

The corresponding tricyclohexylphosphine complex (PCy3)2Cl2Ru=CHCH=CPh2 was also shown to be active.[39] This work culminated in the now commercially available 1st generation Grubbs catalyst.[40][41]

Metathesis Grubbs 1992

In the 1960s and 1970s various groups reported the ring-opening polymerization of norbornene catalyzed by hydrated trichlorides of ruthenium and other late transition metals in polar, protic solvents.[34][35][36] This prompted Robert H. Grubbs and coworkers to search for well-defined, functional group tolerant catalysts based on ruthenium. The Grubbs group successfully polymerized the 7-oxo norbornene derivative using ruthenium trichloride, osmium trichloride as well as tungsten alkylidenes.[37] They identified a Ru(II) carbene as an effective metal center and in 1992 published the first well-defined, ruthenium-based olefin metathesis catalyst, (PPh3)2Cl2Ru=CHCH=CPh2:[38]

Grubbs catalysts

In that same year the Grubbs group proved that metathesis polymerization of norbornene by Tebbe's reagent is a living polymerization system[32] and a year later Grubbs and Schrock co-published an article describing living polymerization with a tungsten carbene complex[33] While Schrock focussed his research on tungsten and molybdenum catalysts for olefin metathesis, Grubbs started the development of catalysts based on ruthenium, which proved to be less sensitive to oxygen and water and therefore more functional group tolerant.

Metathesis Grubbs 1986

They isolated a similar compound in the total synthesis of capnellene in 1986:[31]

Metathesis Grubbs 1980

The Grubbs group then isolated the proposed metallacyclobutane intermediate in 1980 also with this reagent together with 3-methyl-1-butene:[30]

Metathesis Tebbe reagent

The first practical metathesis system was introduced in 1978 by Tebbe based on the (what later became known as the) Tebbe reagent.[29] In a model reaction isotopically labeled carbon atoms in isobutene and methylenecyclohexane switched places:

In this reaction the ethylene product distribution (d4,d2,d0) at low conversion was found to be consistent with the carbene mechanism. On the other hand Grubbs did not rule out the possibility of a tetramethylene intermediate.

Metathesis Grubbs 1976

with a 5-membered cycle in another round of isotope labeling studies in favor of the 4-membered cycle Chauvin mechanism:[27][28]

Metathesis pairwise mechanism

Grubbs in 1976 provided evidence against his own updated pairwise mechanism:


In 1974 Casey was the first to implement carbenes into the metathesis reaction mechanism:[26]

In any of the pairwise mechanisms with olefin pairing as rate-determining step this compound, a secondary reaction product of C12 with C6, would form well after formation of the two primary reaction products C12 and C16.

Metathesis Katz 1975

In 1975 Katz also arrived at a metallacyclobutane intermediate consistent with the one proposed by Chauvin[25] He reacted a mixture of cyclooctene, 2-butene and 4-octene with a molybdenum catalyst and observed that the unsymmetrical C14 hydrocarbon reaction product is present right from the start at low conversion.

In 1973 Grubbs found further evidence for this mechanism by isolating one such metallacycle not with tungsten but with platinum by reaction of the dilithiobutane with cis-bis(triphenylphosphine)dichloroplatinum(II)[24]

Metathesis Grubbs 1972 tetramethylene metallacycle

Robert H. Grubbs got involved in metathesis in 1972 and also proposed a metallacycle intermediate but one with four carbon atoms in the ring.[23] The group he worked in reacted 1,4-dilithiobutane with tungsten hexachloride in an attempt to directly produce a cyclomethylenemetallacycle producing an intermediate, which yielded products identical with those produced by the intermediate in the olefin metathesis reaction. This mechanism is pairwise:

Experimental support offered by Pettit for this mechanism was based on an observed reaction inhibition by carbon monoxide in certain metathesis reactions of 4-nonene with a tungsten metal carbonyl[22]

Metathesis Pettit mechanism

In the same year Pettit who synthesised cyclobutadiene a few years earlier independently came up with a competing mechanism.[21] It consisted of a tetramethylene intermediate with sp3 hybridized carbon atoms linked to a central metal atom with multiple three-center two-electron bonds.

The three principal products C9, C10 and C11 are found in a 1:2:1 regardless of conversion. The same ratio is found with the higher oligomers. Chauvin also explained how the carbene forms in the first place: by alpha-hydride elimination from a carbon metal single bond. For example propylene (C3) forms in a reaction of 2-butene (C4) with tungsten hexachloride and tetramethyltin (C1).

Metathesis Chauvin 1971

The active catalyst, a metallocarbene,[20] was discovered by in 1964 by E. O. Fischer. Chauvin's experimental evidence was based on the reaction of cyclopentene and 2-pentene with the homogeneous catalyst tungsten(VI) oxytetrachloride and tetrabutyltin:

Metathesis metallacycle mechanism

In 1971 Chauvin proposed a four-membered metallacycle intermediate to explain the statistical distribution of products found in certain metathesis reactions.[19] This mechanism is today considered the actual mechanism taking place in olefin metathesis.

Metathesis Calderon 1976 Mechanism

The Goodyear group demonstrated that the reaction of regular 2-butene with its all-deuterated isotopologue yielded C4H4D4 with deuterium evenly distributed.[18] In this way they were able to differentiate between a transalkylidenation mechanism and a transalkylation mechanism (ruled out):

In this reaction 2-pentene forms a rapid (a matter of seconds) chemical equilibrium with 2-butene and 3-hexene. No double bond migrations are observed; the reaction can be started with the butene and hexene as well and the reaction can be stopped by addition of methanol.

Metathesis Calderon 1967

Formerly the reaction had been called "olefin disproportionation." [17]

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