How Close Is Too Close? Polymerization Behavior and Monomer-Dependent Reorganization of a Bimetallic Salphen Organotitanium Catalyst

Anna M. Invergo, Shaofeng Liu, Rachel D. Dicken, Aidan R. Mouat, Massimiliano Delferro, Tracy L. Lohr, Tobin J. Marks

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The binuclear salphen Ti polymerization catalyst N,N′-1,2-phenylene[(salicylideneaminato)Ti(Cp∗)Me2)]2 (2) is synthesized by reaction of salphen-H2 with Cp∗TiMe3. Mononuclear [N-(2,6-diisopropyl)phenyl(salicylideneaminato)]Ti(Cp∗)Me2 (1) serves as a control. Activation studies of 2 with cocatalyst Ph3C+B(C6F5)4 - yield the cationic polymerization-inactive complex [N,N′-1,2-phenylene(salicylideneaminato)Ti(Cp∗)]+B(C6F5)4 - (4) and polymerization-active Cp∗TiMe2 +B(C6F5)4 -. Polymerization studies comparing 2 with Cp∗TiMe3 suggest that, within the catalytic time frame, while 2 retains bimetallic character under an ethylene atmosphere, it rapidly decomposes to 4 and Cp∗TiMe2 + in the presence of 1-hexene. These monomer-dependent reorganization results highlight the importance of olefin polymerization activation mechanistic studies while providing insight for improved bimetallic catalyst design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2429-2436
Number of pages8
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 13 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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