In this study, the performance of ammonium tagged Hoveyda-Grubbs catalyst supported on magnetically separable core/shell silica gel was tested on carboxylic acid addition reactions to terminal alkynes using a variety of carboxylic acid derivatives under air atmosphere. The catalytic system was found to be compatible with air atmosphere and can tolerate even non-degassed solvents. The reaction parameters such as temperature, substrate/catalyst ratio and the effect of carboxylic acid on the selectivity and yield of the reaction were investigated in details. The reaction of arylacetylenes with acetic acid yielded the corresponding E-isomer with conversion values up to 99% with a catalytic loading of 1% Ru. The reusability of the catalyst was tested using acetic acid/benzoic acid and phenylacetylene in toluene at 85 degrees C under air atmosphere. The catalyst was found to be highly reusable and maintained its activity up to 11th run, reaching a conversion value of 83% with minimum ruthenium leaching. (C) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.