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Efficient catalytic addition of aromatic carbon-hydrogen bonds to olefins

Nature volume 366, pages 529531 (09 December 1993) | Download Citation

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The selective cleavage of carbon–hydrogen bonds in organic compounds is a critical step in many organic syntheses, and is particularly important in the conversion of hydrocarbons to useful organic compounds. An organometallic ruthenium complex can cleave C–H bonds in a variety of aromatic systems, leading to addition to alkenes by C–C bond formation. The catalyst operates with a degree of efficiency, selectivity and generality that will make it extremely valuable in organic synthesis.

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  1. Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565, Japan

    • Shinji Murai
    • , Fumitoshi Kakiuchi
    • , Shinya Sekine
    • , Yasuo Tanaka
    • , Asayuki Kamatani
    • , Motohiro Sonoda
    •  & Naoto Chatani

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