Catalytic Isofunctional Reactions—Expanding the Repertoire of Shuttle and Metathesis Reactions

Benjamin N. Bhawal, Bill Morandi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Transfer hydrogenation, alkene metathesis, and alkyne metathesis possess great value to the synthetic chemistry community. One of the key features of these processes is their reversibility, which can be attributed to the presence of the same number and type of functional groups in both the reactants and products, making these reactions isofunctional. These classic reactions have recently inspired the development of novel shuttle and metathesis reactions that offer great promise for synthetic chemistry. This Review describes and systematically categorizes both recent and older examples of shuttle and metathesis reactions other than transfer hydrogenation and alkene/alkyne metathesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10074-10103
Number of pages30
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number30
Early online date30 Apr 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2019


  • isofunctional reactions
  • metathesis
  • reversible reactions
  • transfer reactions


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