Five Hoveyda–Grubbs-type complexes bearing cyclopropyl to cycloheptyl ether moieties in the chelating benzylidene ligand have been synthesized and investigated by spectroscopic and crystallographic methods. Their experimentally measured catalytic activity in model ring-closing metathesis (RCM) reactions was studied at catalyst loading down to 10 ppm and compared with DFT calculations. The latter can be used as a reliable and accurate guidance in the fast and inexpensive design of new metathesis catalysts, as we were able to find a good correlation between the initiation rate and free-energy barrier of the reaction.
- Homogeneous catalysis
- Ring-Closing Metathesis