Al(iii)-homopiperazine complexes and their exploitation for the production of polyesters

S.L. Hancock, M.D. Jones, C.J. Langridge, M.F. Mahon

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In this paper we report the synthesis and characterisation of a series of Al(iii)-homopiperazine complexes. The ortho substituent has been varied from H, Me, tBu to investigate the effect this has on the solid-state structures and on the catalytic activity. Aluminium-methyl complexes involving ligands 1H , 3H and 5H have been characterised in the solid-state and the aluminium centres are in pseudo trigonal bipyramidal geometries. The aluminium-methyl complexes were further reacted with benzyl alcohol to generate alkoxide complexes, which have been fully characterised by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The alkoxide complexes were tested in the ring opening polymerisation of rac-lactide, δ-valerolactone and ε-caprolactone. Furthermore, triblock polyesters were also prepared with these initiators. This journal is
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1891-1896
Number of pages6
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


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