‘Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.’
The creation of C-C double bonds under simultaneous redistribution of alkene fragments is one of the most important catalytic reaction in the chemical industry being used to manifacture polymers, to synthesize new drugs or to convert biomass.
Essential for the success is the development of highly active catalysts. We investigate the reactivity and selectivity in olefin metathesis with a novel class of Mo imido alkylidene N-heterocyclic carbene complexes that show high productivity and functional group tolerance in the monomers. Our ultimate goal is to suggest superior catalysts.