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Titanium(iv) catalysts with ancillary imino-spiroketonato ligands: synthesis, structure and olefin polymerization

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Abstract

New titanium(IV) complexes having two bidentate β-iminoethyl-spiro[4,5]decan-6-onato ligands with various N-aryl substituents have been synthesized. X-ray crystal structure analysis reveals that these titanium complexes all exhibit a C2-symmetric conformation with a distorted octahedral geometry, although the specific orientation of the ligands around the titanium center varies with the identity of the N-aryl moiety. Upon activation with methylaluminoxane (MAO), these complexes catalyze the polymerization of ethylene and propylene. In the case of ethylene, most complexes exhibit the characteristics of a living polymerization between 0 °C and 25 °C, producing polyethylenes with narrow molecular weight distributions and number average molecular weights up to 100 000 g/mol. Depending on the N-aryl substituents, polymerizations of propylene result in products with tacticity ranging from slightly syndiotactic to slightly isotactic.

Graphical abstract: Titanium(iv) catalysts with ancillary imino-spiroketonato ligands: synthesis, structure and olefin polymerization

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Submitted
19 Mar 2015
Accepted
30 Apr 2015
First published
18 May 2015

Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 12265-12272
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Titanium(IV) catalysts with ancillary imino-spiroketonato ligands: synthesis, structure and olefin polymerization

Y. Ma, E. B. Lobkovsky and G. W. Coates, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 12265
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT01104C

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