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New homoleptic bis(pyrrolylpyridiylimino) Mg(II) and Zn(II) complexes as catalysts for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters via an “activated monomer” mechanism

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Abstract

The reaction of MgBu2 and ZnEt2 or Zn{N[Si(CH3)3]2}2 with a tridentate monoanionic pyrrolylpyridiylimino [N,N,N] proligand gave homoleptic species, as exclusive products, in high yields. The complexes were characterized in solution by 1D and 2D NMR analysis and by single crystal X-ray crystallography. The new homoleptic complexes were tested as initiators in the polymerization of ε-caprolactone and lactide in the presence of an exogenous alcohol. For both complexes, the polymerizations proceed via an “activated monomer” mechanism that, in the case of the magnesium complex, was correlated with the coordinative flexibility of the ligands, resulting in extremely high productivities under mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: New homoleptic bis(pyrrolylpyridiylimino) Mg(ii) and Zn(ii) complexes as catalysts for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters via an “activated monomer” mechanism

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The article was received on 06 Jul 2017, accepted on 18 Aug 2017 and first published on 18 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02445B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 12217-12225
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    New homoleptic bis(pyrrolylpyridiylimino) Mg(II) and Zn(II) complexes as catalysts for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters via an “activated monomer” mechanism

    I. D'Auria, C. Tedesco, M. Mazzeo and C. Pellecchia, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 12217
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02445B

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