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Review | Special issue | Vol 70, No. 1, 2006, pp.705-736
Published online, 1st December, 2006
DOI: 10.3987/REV-06-SR(W)3
Ring-Closing Metathesis of Heteroatom-Substituted Dienes

Richard C. D. Brown* and Vachiraporn Satcharoen

*School of Chemistry, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ U.K.


The ring-closing metathesis (RCM) of dienes that contain at least one participating heteroatom-substituted olefin is reviewed (olefins substituted with O, N, S, P, Si, B, and halogen atoms will be considered). Efforts have been made to include as many relevant examples of RCM of heteroatom-substituted dienes as possible, but due to the increasing volume of research in this area, an exhaustive coverage is not intended. Attention has focussed on diene RCM reactions catalysed by ruthenium and molybdenum alkylidene complexes, although a brief discussion of some ring-closing reactions of titanium alkylidene species is provided. Other metathesis reactions such as enyne RCM, cross-metathesis and ROMP are not included.