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1,5-Naphthyl-linked bis(imino)pyridines as binucleating scaffolds for dicobalt ethylene oligo-/polymerization catalysts: exploring temperature and steric effects.

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posted on 2019-05-31, 10:00 authored by Q Chen, H Suo, W Zhang, R Zhang, GA Solan, T Liang, W-H Sun
Six examples of dinuclear bis(imino)pyridine-cobalt(ii) complexes, [1,5-{2-(CMe[double bond, length as m-dash]N)-6-(CMe[double bond, length as m-dash]N(2,6-R12-4-R2-C6H2))C5H3N}2(C10H6)]Co2Cl4 (R1 = Me, R2 = H Co1; R1 = Et, R2 = H Co2; R1 = iPr, R2 = H Co3; R1 = Me, R2 = Me Co4; R1 = Et, R2 = Me Co5; R1 = CHPh2, R2 = Me Co6), have been prepared from the corresponding bis(tridentate) compartmental ligands (L1-L6) in reasonable yields. The molecular structures of Co3 and Co5 revealed two N,N,N-cobalt dichloride units to adopt anti-positions about the 1,5-naphthyl linking unit, with each cobalt center exhibiting a distorted trigonal bipyramidal geometry. On activation with either MAO or MMAO, Co1-Co6 were shown to promote both polymerization and oligomerization of ethylene with high overall activities (up to 1.03 × 107 gPE per·mol(Co) per·h for Co1/MAO at 70 °C). Curiously, on increasing the reaction temperature a larger proportion of polymer was noted, while at lower temperature an enhanced selectivity for oligomer was seen. In general, the oligomeric products displayed Schulz-Flory distributions with high selectivities for α-olefins (>99%). On the other hand, the highly linear polymers displayed narrow dispersities and comprised both fully saturated and unsaturated chain ends with the vinyl content (-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]CH2) found to rise with the reaction temperature. By modulating the steric hindrance exerted by the ortho-R1 substituents in the precatalyst, polyethylenes displaying a remarkably broad range of molecular weights could be obtained [from 4.52 kg mol-1 (R1 = Me) to 246.7 kg mol-1 (R1 = CHPh2)].


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51473170 and 21871275). GAS thanks the Chinese Academy of Sciences for a President's International Fellowship for Visiting Scientists.



Dalton Transactions, 2019

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Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. CCDC 1902895 for L2, 1902896 for Co3, and 1902897 for Co5. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c9dt01235d;The file associated with this record is under embargo until 12 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.



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