Ruthenium catalysis in organic synthesis*
Shun-Ichi Murahashi1,2,**, Hikaru Takaya2, and Takeshi Naota2
1Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering,
Okayama University of Science, Ridaicho 1-1, Okayama 700-0005, Japan;
2Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka
University, Machikaneyama 1-3, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531, Japan
Abstract: Ruthenium, rhodium, iridium, and rhenium hydride complexes
are highly useful redox Lewis acid and base catalysts. Various substrates
bearing hetero atoms are activated by these catalysts and undergo reactions
with either nucleophiles or electrophiles under neutral conditions.
These types of catalytic reactions are described together with their
application to the preparation of various biologically active compounds.
*Lecture presented at the 11th IUPAC International
Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis
(OMCOS-11), Taipei, Taiwan, 22-26 July 2001. Other presentations are
presented in this issue, pp.1-186.
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