Template-Directed One-Step Synthesis of Cyclic Trimers by ADMET

A trifurcated template, containing three secondary dialkylammonium ion recognition sites for encirclement by a dibenzo [24]crown-8-containing acyclic diene, is used to promote acyclic diene metatheses (ADMET) catalyzed by ruthenium−alkylidene complexes, affording a cyclic trimer in 55% yield. Following this one-step, threefold ADMET reaction, the resulting cyclic trimer was isolated by preparative HPLC and characterized by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.