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Gas-Phase Thermochemistry of Ruthenium Carbene Metathesis Catalysts

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posted on 09.04.2008, 00:00 by Sebastian Torker, Daniel Merki, Peter Chen
Quantitative energy-resolved collision-induced dissociation cross-sections by tandem ESI-MS provide absolute thermochemical data for phosphine binding energies in first- and second-generation ruthenium metathesis catalysts of 33.4 and 36.9 kcal/mol, respectively. Furthermore a study of the ring-closing metathesis in the second-generation system to liberate norbornene by forming the 14-electron reactive intermediate from the intramolecular π-complex gives an estimate of the olefin binding energy to the 14-electron complex of around 18 kcal/mol, assuming a loose transition state. The results reported here are in remarkably good agreement with the latest DFT calculations using the M06-L functional.