Titanium and zirconium complexes of dianionic and trianionic amine-phenolate-type ligands in catalysis of lactide polymerization

Shimrit Gendler, Sharon Segal, Israel Goldberg, Zeev Goldschmidt, Moshe Kol*

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Abstract

The synthesis of alkoxotitanium(IV) and -zirconium(IV) complexes of seven chelating tetradentate di- or trianionic amine-phenolate ligands belonging to three families and their application in L-lactide polymerization are described. The isopropoxotitanium complexes were synthesized by a direct reaction between the ligand precursors and titanium tetraisopropoxide, whereas the zirconium complexes were synthesized by various routes. For titanium, complexes of all seven ligands could be synthesized. For zirconium, the hexacoordinate complexes derived from all dianionic ligands were synthesized; however, the only pentacoordinate complex that could be produced was the one derived from the bulky trianionic ligand. X-ray structures of zirconium complexes of the three families indicated a substantial . donation from the alkoxo ligand to the metal. All complexes were found to be active lactide polymerization catalysts, and their activity was found to depend strongly on the metal, the coordination number around the metal, and the phenolate substituents but not on the ligand backbone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4783-4790
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume45
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Jun 2006

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