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Organic chemistry

No double bond left behind

Alkenyl halides are some of the most useful building blocks for synthesizing small organic molecules. A catalyst has now allowed their direct preparation from widely available alkenes using the cross-metathesis reaction. See Article p.459

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Figure 1: Cross-metathesis to make cis-alkenyl halides.

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Sarlah, D. No double bond left behind. Nature 531, 453–454 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/531453a

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