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An alkene dance

The seminal paper by Yves Chauvin and Jean-Louis Hérisson on the mechanism of alkene metathesis is elegant, simple and insightful. Published more than 50 years ago, it deserves appreciation and admiration even today.

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Fig. 1: The Chauvin mechanism and molecular catalysts that operate through this ‘olefin dance’.


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Cazin, C.S.J. An alkene dance. Nat Rev Chem 5, 672–673 (2021).

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