Stereoselective Synthesis of [Cp*Ru(n 6 -arene)]X Complexes
The creation of 1,2,3,4,5-pentamethylcyclopentadiene, otherwise known as Cp*, is a primary goal. This molecule is very expensive commercially, and a more affordable synthetic route would be beneficial. This research has historically been hindered in the initial stages of Cp* synthesis. An alternate synthetic route with additional purification has allowed the research to progress further. With these new breakthroughs, the research will turn towards the synthesis of ruthenium sandwich complexes and their potential applications. Two examples of these applications is in the field of therapeutics and organic synthesis.