Aluminium-Catalysed Isocyanate Trimerization, Enhanced by Exploiting a Dynamic Coordination Sphere

Mohammed Bahili, Emily Stokes, Robert Amesbury, Darren Ould, Bashar Christo, Rhian Horne, Benson Kariuki, Jack Stewart, Rebekah Taylor, Andrew Williams, Matthew Jones, Kenneth Harris, Benjamin Ward

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Main-group metals are inherently labile, hindering their use in catalysis. We exploit this lability in the synthesis of isocyanurates. For the first time we report a highly active catalyst that trimerizes alkyl, allyl and aryl isocyanates, and di-isocyanates, with low catalyst loadings under mild conditions, using a hemi-labile aluminium-pyridyl-bis(iminophenolate) complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7679-7682
Number of pages4
JournalChemical communications (Cambridge, England)
Issue number53
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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