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Structural studies of Schiff-base [2 + 2] macrocycles derived from 2,2′-oxydianiline and the ROP capability of their organoaluminium complexes

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The molecular structures of a number of solvates of the [2 + 2] Schiff-base macrocycles {[2-(OH)-5-(R)-C6H2-1,3-(CH)2][O(2-C6H4N)2]}2 (R = Me L1H2, tBu L2H2, Cl L3H2), formed by reacting 2,6-dicarboxy-4-R-phenol with 2,2′-oxydianiline (2-aminophenylether), (2-NH2C6H4)2O, have been determined. Reaction of LnH2 with two equivalents of AlR′3 (R′ = Me, Et) afforded dinuclear alkylaluminium complexes [(AlR′2)2L1–3] (R = R′ = Me (1), R = tBu, R′ = Me (2), R = Cl, R′ = Me (3), R = Me, R′ = Et (4), R = tBu, R′ = Et (5), R = Cl, R′ = Et (6)). For comparative studies, reactions of two equivalents of AlR′3 (R′ = Me, Et) with the macrocycle derived from 2,2′-ethylenedianiline and 2,6-dicarboxy-R-phenols (R = Me L4H2, tBu L5H2) were conducted; the complexes [(AlMe)(AlMe2)L5]·2¼MeCN (7·2¼MeCN) and [(AlEt2)2L4] (8) were isolated. Use of limited AlEt3 with L3H2 or L5H2 afforded mononuclear bis(macrocyclic) complexes [Al(L3)(L3H)]·4toluene (9·4toluene) and [Al(L5)(L5H)]·5MeCN (10·5MeCN), respectively. Use of four equivalents of AlR′3 led to transfer of alkyl groups and isolation of the complexes [(AlR′2)4L1′–3′] (R = L2′, R′ = Me (11); L3′, R′ = Me (12); L1′, R′ = Et (13); L2′, R′ = Et (14); L3′, R′ = Et (15)), where L1′–3′ is the macrocycle resulting from double alkyl transfer to imine, namely {[2-(O)-5-(R)C6H2-1-(CH)-3-C(R′)H][(O)(2-(N)-2′-C6H4N)2]}2. Molecular structures of complexes 7·2¼MeCN, 8, 9·4toluene, 10·5MeCN and 11·1¾toluene·1¼hexane are reported. These complexes act as catalysts for the ring opening polymerisation (ROP) of ε-caprolactone and rac-lactide; high conversions were achieved over 30 min at 80 °C for ε-caprolactone, and 110 °C over 12 h for rac-lactide.

Graphical abstract: Structural studies of Schiff-base [2 + 2] macrocycles derived from 2,2′-oxydianiline and the ROP capability of their organoaluminium complexes

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The article was received on 18 May 2016, accepted on 17 Jun 2016 and first published on 20 Jun 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01997H
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 11990-12005
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    Structural studies of Schiff-base [2 + 2] macrocycles derived from 2,2′-oxydianiline and the ROP capability of their organoaluminium complexes

    W. Yang, K. Zhao, T. J. Prior, D. L. Hughes, A. Arbaoui, M. R. J. Elsegood and C. Redshaw, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 11990
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01997H

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