Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of group 4 post-metallocenes bearing (σ-aryl)-2-phenolate-6-pyridyl and -isoquinolinyl auxiliaries

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15905-15913
Journal / PublicationDalton Transactions
Issue number36
Online published17 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2015


A new series of group 4 bis(benzyl) complexes supported by (σ-aryl)-2-phenolate-6-pyridyl [O,C,N] ligands have been prepared, and all derivatives have been characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. In the 1H NMR spectrum of the Ti derivative where [N] = (ortho-F)-substituted isoquinolinyl, one of the two CH2 resonances is observed as a doublet of doublets (collapsing to a normal d upon 19F-decoupling), whereas the [1H,19F]-HMQC correlation spectrum reveals a strong crosspeak for this dd resonance only, thus indicating the presence of intramolecular C-H⋯F-C interactions. [1H,19F]-HMBC experiments have been performed which reveal a significant scalar component for this coupling and confirm that the interactions are genuine. The contrasting NMR spectral patterns for the (ortho-F)-pyridyl Hf analogue, which exhibits two sets of non-identical doublet of doublets for the methylene resonances, have been rationalized. The activities of the isoquinolinyl-based Ti-[O,C,N] catalysts for ethylene polymerization are superior to those of pyridyl-based congeners.

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