The elusive mechanism of olefin metathesis promoted by (NHC)Ru-based catalysts: a trade between steric, electronic, and solvent effects.

@article{Correa2006TheEM,
  title={The elusive mechanism of olefin metathesis promoted by (NHC)Ru-based catalysts: a trade between steric, electronic, and solvent effects.},
  author={Andrea Correa and Luigi Cavallo},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={128 41},
  pages={13352-3}
}
The reaction mechanism operative in olefin metathesis has been and still is a challenging area of research. Here we contribute to the discussion showing that the actual mechanism is a balance of the title effects. In particular, we show that the electronic and solvent effects evidenced by experimental studies can be easily counterbalanced by steric effects. 

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