Tandem Catalytic Acrylonitrile Cross-Metathesis and Hydrogenation of Nitriles with Ruthenium Catalysts: Direct Access to Linear α,ω-Aminoesters from Renewables

ArticleinChemSusChem 5(8):1410-4 · August 2012with23 Reads
Impact Factor: 7.66 · DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200086 · Source: PubMed


    Fraternité, Solidarité & complémentarité en Catalyse: Tandem alkene cross-metathesis of acrylonitrile with long-chain alkene and hydrogenation catalysis is performed by using a single ruthenium-alkylidene catalyst precursor. The protocol allows the catalytic transformation of unsaturated fatty acids, derivatives of plant oils, into α,ω-aminoesters. A key step involves the reduction of nitrile-ester intermediates into aminoesters, the precursors of polyamides, with alkene metathesis catalyst residue under mild conditions.