A switchable dimeric yttrium complex and its three catalytic states in ring opening polymerization†
A dimeric yttrium phenoxide complex supported by a ferrocene Schiff base ligand, [(salfen)Y(OPh)]2 (salfen = (N,N′-bis(2,4-di-tert-butylphenoxy)-1,1′-ferrocenediimine), was synthesized and characterized. According to electrochemical studies and 1H NMR spectroscopy, [(salfen)Y(OPh)]2 can be oxidized in a stepwise fashion to access three oxidation states. The catalytic activity of the three states toward the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters and epoxides was investigated. The activity toward cyclic esters decreases upon oxidation while the opposite trend was observed in epoxide polymerization. Block copolymer syntheses using a redox switch were also performed.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Rare Earth Chemistry – In memory of Professor Xu Guangxian at his centenary