Salalens and Salans derived from 3‐Aminopyrrolidine: Aluminium Complexation and Lactide Polymerisation

Luke Britton, Daniel Ditz, James Beament, Paul McKeown, Helena Quilter, Kerry Riley, Mary Mahon, Matthew Jones

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In this paper a series of 7 salalen ligands based on an aminopyrrolidine backbone have been prepared and characterised. Several systems have been reduced to the salan ONNO type-ligand. All ligands have been complexed to Al III with Al(1–7)Me, Al(2a)(OiPr) and Al(7a)Me being characterised by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In general the Al III centres are best described as being in a trigonal bipyramidal geometry. The solution and solid-state structures are discussed. All complexes have all been trialled for the production of PLA from rac-lactide, the salalen complexes had a preference for heterotactic PLA (P r = 0.71), whereas the salan had a more isotactic bias (P m = 0.72). In all cases PLA with low dispersities and predictable molecular weights were prepared. The activity of the two classes of ligands is compared with the salan complexes appearing to be significantly more active than the salalen systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2768-2773
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number22
Early online date13 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2019


  • Aluminum
  • Biopolymers
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Lactide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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