Synthesis and structure of aluminium amine-phenolate complexes

Andrew L. Johnson, Matthew G. Davidson, Yolanda Pérez, Matthew D. Jones, Nicolas Merle, Paul R. Raithby, Stephen P. Richards

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Reaction of Al(Oi Pr)3with the tris-phenol amine ligand L1 H3in toluene at ambient temperature results in the formation of the iso-propanol adduct [HOi Pr·Al(L1)]. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the structure to be a hydrogen bonded dimer. Reaction of Al(Oi Pr)3(or AlMe3) with L1 H3in THF affords the related, and structurally characterised THF adduct, [THF·Al(L1)]. Similar reaction of Al(Oi Pr)3(or AlMe3) with the bis-phenol amine and tetra-phenol diamine ligands, L2 H3and L3 H4, results in the formation and isolation of the complexes [Al(L2)]2and [Al(L3)H] respectively, both of which have been structurally characterised via single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Reaction of the alkoxide bridged dimer [Al(L2)]2with the strong Lewis base HMPA results in the formation of the monomeric HMPA adduct [HMPA·Al(L2)] which was also structurally characterised. The adduct [HOi Pr·Al(L1)] and the dimer [Al(L2)]2were tested for their activity in the ring-opening polymerisation (ROP) of rac-lactide under solvent-free conditions (130 °C). Under the conditions employed [Al(L2)]2failed to produce polymer after 48 h, in stark contrast to [HOi Pr·Al(L1)] which after 24 h and 48 h produced narrow molecular weight polymer (24 h: yield = 25%, Mn= 14500 and PDI = 1.05; 48 h: yield = 65%, Mn= 47700 and PDI = 1.06).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5551-5558
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2009

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