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A review of the mechanisms of the olefin metathesis reaction

H. C. M. Vosloo, J. A. K. du Plessis
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 7, No 4 | a921 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v7i4.921 | © 1988 H. C. M. Vosloo, J. A. K. du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 1988 | Published: 17 March 1988

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H. C. M. Vosloo,, South Africa
J. A. K. du Plessis,, South Africa

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During the olefin metathesis reaction carbon-carbon double bonds are broken and rearranged to give a redistribution of alkilydene groups. A review of the different mechanistic approaches is given under the headings: The pairwise mechanism; The metal carbene chain mechanism with reference to the formation of the carbene and metallacyclobutane intermediate; The reactions of the olefins; and The degradation of unsaturated polymers.


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