Polymer-free ethylene oligomerization using a pyridine-based pincer PNP-type of ligand

Ahmed Alzamly, Sandro Gambarotta, Ilia Korobkov

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Di- and trivalent chromium complexes of the pyridine-based ligand [2,6-(Ph2PCH2)2 C5H 3N]CrCl3 (1) and {[2,6-(Ph2CH2) 2C5H3N]CrCl2}.(THF) (2) and their aluminate aggregates [2,6-(Ph2CH2)2C 5H3NCrCl(μ-Cl)AlClMe2] (3), {[(2,6-(Ph 2CH2)2C5H3NCrCl(μ-Cl) AlClEt2]}. (toluene)0.5 (4), {2,6-(Ph2CH 2)2C5H3NCrEt(μ-Cl) 2AlEt2}{AlCl3Et} (5), {2,6-(PPh 2CH2) C5H3N (PPh2CH)Al(i- Bu)2(μ-Cl)Cr(μ-Cl)2Al(i-Bu)2}.(toluene) 1.5 (6), and {[2,6-(PPh2CH2)2C 5H3 N]2Cr} {(μ-Cl)[Al(i-Bu) 3]2} (7) were prepared, isolated, and their activities toward ethylene oligomerization tested. While complexes 3, 5, and 6 were directly accessible by reacting catalyst precursor 1 with Me3Al, DEAC, and TIBA, respectively, complexes 4 and 7 were prepared using catalyst precursor 2 with DEAC and TIBA, respectively. All these complexes, with the exception of 7, showed good activities for a polymer-free ethylene oligomerization. Complex 7 contains cationic chromium in its monovalent state and its encapsulation in an octahedral ligand field as defined by two ligands is probably responsible for its failure as a catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7204-7212
Number of pages9
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 9 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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