Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Laboratory-Scale Carbon-Carbon Bond-Forming Reactions of Ethylene

Worldwide, more than 140 million tons of ethylene are produced annually, mostly from kerogen and shale gas cracking, and from ethanol dehydration

Vaneet Saini

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • Worldwide, more than 140 million tons of ethylene are produced annually, mostly from kerogen and shale gas cracking, and from ethanol dehydration
  • Considering the diversity of commodities that incorporate ethylene as a fundamental building block, it is somewhat surprising that ethylene is not employed as a standard alkene in modern synthetic method discovery and development
  • Because functionalization reactions of alkanes are challenging, ethylene remains the simplest, readily functionalized hydrocarbon synthon. The goal of this Minireview is to highlight the intersection of modern synthetic methods development with the use of ethylene in the production of nonpolymeric small-molecule products of enhanced value
  • One promising but underdeveloped area in which ethylene may be especially useful is in asymmetric catalytic transformations, those in which the double bond of ethylene is retained for subsequent functionalization
  • The role of ethylene in enyne metathesis reactions is deeply rooted in the progress of this field, influencing synthetic utility, and catalytic performance
  • The minimization of competing metathesis reactions in the presence of ethylene is notable

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