A Catalytic System for the Estragole to Anethole Isomerization Based on [{RuCl(µ-Cl)(η6-p-cymene)}2]

Author(s): Lucia Menendez-Rodriguez, Pascale Crochet, Victorio Cadierno.

Journal Name:Current Green Chemistry

Volume 1 , Issue 2 , 2014


An efficient, inexpensive and selective catalytic system for the industrially relevant isomerization of estragole to trans-anethole has been developed using the arene-ruthenium(II) dimer [{RuCl(µ-Cl)(η6-p-cymene)}2] in combination with P(OMe)3. As an example, using 100 mg of this complex and 38 µL of P(OMe)3 (1 equiv. per Ru), 10 mL of estragole could be quantitatively converted into anethole (98% trans-selectivity) after heating the mixture at 80ºC for 24 h. In addition, after separation of the anethole product by distillation, the catalytic system could be reused without loss of efficiency and selectivity.

Keywords: Allyl-benzenes, anethole, estragole, homogeneous catalysis, isomerization, olefin migration, ruthenium.

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Year: 2014
Page: [128 - 135]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/22133461114016660005
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