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Structural modification of phenoxyimine titanium complexes and activation studies with alkylaluminum compounds

Yang, Huaqin, Ingen, Yara, Blom, Burgert, Rastogi, Sanjay and Romano, Dario 2020. Structural modification of phenoxyimine titanium complexes and activation studies with alkylaluminum compounds. ChemCatChem 12 (20) , pp. 5209-5220. 10.1002/cctc.202000731

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The synthesis and characterization of three complexes of the type (N‐(3‐tert‐butylsalicylidene)‐R)2TiCl2 [R=2,6‐difluorophenyl 1, R=2,6‐dimethylphenyl 2, R=phenyl 3] is reported and compared with the highly active R=2,3,4,5,6,–pentafluorophenyl 4. The complexes were tested for ethylene polymerization when activated with different co‐catalysts, giving high catalytic activity when activated with methylaluminoxane for complexes 3 and 4. Complex 3 is the only catalyst to be inactive when activated with diethylaluminum chloride. Unexpectedly, for complexes 1 and 2, no catalytic activity is recorded when butylated hydroxytoluene in methylaluminoxane is used to remove the trimethylaluminum, while the catalytic activity for complex 3 is retained. NMR study on the activation of the four complexes in the presence of common alkyl aluminum co‐catalysts suggests the formation of Ti(III) species in the presence of tri‐iso‐butylaluminum, and also the formation of NR−CH2 (R: −Al(CH2CH(CH3)2)2) bond from the N=C−H bond of the ligand explaining the absence of catalytic activity. Density functional theory calculations using B3LYP and a combination of basis sets (6‐31+G and cc‐pVTZ) were performed on the catalyst precursors and the activated species showing insights into the frontier orbitals, localizing the LUMO on the imino bond elucidating their reactivity. Mulliken charges are also reported and an unexpected relationship between the nitrogen on the ligands and the molecular weight is observed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1867-3880
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 12:29

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