Sebastian Torker

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Rationally designed Ru-based catalysts for efficient Z-selective olefin metathesis are featured. The new complexes contain a dithiolate ligand and can be accessed in a single step from commercially available precursors in 68-82% yield. High efficiency and exceptional Z selectivity (93:7 to >98:2 Z:E) were achieved in ring-opening metathesis polymerization(More)
Olefin metathesis catalysts provide access to molecules that are indispensable to physicians and researchers in the life sciences. A persisting problem, however, is the dearth of chemical transformations that directly generate acyclic Z allylic alcohols, including products that contain a hindered neighbouring substituent or reactive functional units such as(More)
A broadly applicable Ru-catalyzed protocol for Z-selective ring-opening/cross-metathesis (ROCM) is disclosed. In addition to reactions relating to terminal alkenes of different sizes, the first examples of Z-selective ROCM processes involving heteroaryl olefins, 1,3-dienes, and O- and S-substituted alkenes as well as allylic and homoallylic alcohols are(More)
The origins of the unexpected finding that Ru catechothiolate complexes, in contrast to catecholate derivatives, promote exceptional Z-selective olefin metathesis reactions are elucidated. We show that species containing a catechothiolate ligand, unlike catecholates, preserve their structural integrity under commonly used reaction conditions. DFT(More)
The first instances of Z- and enantioselective Ru-catalyzed olefin metathesis are presented. Ring-opening/cross-metathesis (ROCM) reactions of oxabicyclic alkenes and enol ethers and a phenyl vinyl sulfide are promoted by 0.5-5.0 mol % of enantiomerically pure stereogenic-at-Ru complexes with an aryloxy chelate tethered to the N-heterocyclic carbene.(More)
The dithiolene ligand transfer reaction between Ni(S2C2Ph2)2 (1) and CpMo(CO)3Cl (2; Cp = eta-C5H5) affords the neutral paramagnetic molybdenum bis(dithiolene) complex CpM(S2C2Ph2)2 (3), which has been structurally characterized. As found in other d1 complexes of this type, one dithiolene ligand is planar while the other is significantly folded toward the(More)
The discovery of catalysts that can be used to synthesize complex organic compounds by enantioselective transformations is central to advances in the life sciences; for this reason, many chemists aim to discover catalysts that allow for preparation of chiral molecules as predominantly one mirror-image isomer. The ideal catalyst should not contain precious(More)
Mild flash vacuum thermolysis of tetrazolo[1,5-b]pyridazines 8T generates small amounts of 3-azidopyridazines 8A (8aA, IR 2145, 2118 cm(-1); 8bA, 2142 cm(-1)). Photolysis of the tetrazoles/azides 8T/8A in Ar matrix generates 3-pyridazinylnitrenes 9, detected by ESR spectroscopy (9a: D/hc = 1.006; E/hc = 0.003 cm(-1)). Cyanovinylcarbenes 11, derived from(More)
The synthesis, isolation, purification (routine silica gel chromatography), and spectroscopic characterization of high-energy endo stereogenic-at-Ru complex isomers, generated by ring-opening/cross-metathesis (ROCM) reaction of the corresponding exo carbenes, are disclosed. We provide experimental evidence showing that an endo isomer can undergo thermal or(More)
Conjugate (or 1,4-) additions of carbanionic species to α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds are vital to research in organic and medicinal chemistry, and there are several chiral catalysts that facilitate the catalytic enantioselective additions of nucleophiles to enoates. Nonetheless, catalytic enantioselective 1,6-conjugate additions are uncommon, and ones(More)