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    Molybdenum complexes derived from the oxydianiline [(2-NH₂C₆H₄)₂O] : synthesis, characterization and ε-caprolactone ROP capability

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    The reaction of Na₂MoO₄ with 2,2′-oxydianiline (2-aminophenylether), (2-NH₂C₆H₄)₂O, LH₄, in DME (DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) in the presence of Et₃N and Me₃SiCl afforded either the bis(imido) molybdenum(VI) complex {Mo(L)Cl₂(DME)} (1), where L = (2-NC₆H₄)₂O, or the molybdenum(V) salt [Mo(L′)Cl₄][Et₃NH] (2), where L′ = [(2-NH₂C₆H₄)(2-NC₆H₄)O], depending on the work-up method employed. The same diamine reacted with in situ [Mo(NtBu)₂Cl₂(DME)] afforded a tetra-nuclear complex [Mo₄Cl₃(NtBu)₃(OSiMe₃)(μ₄-O)(L)₂(L′)₂]·2MeCN (3·2MeCN). The crystal structures of 1, 2 and 3·2MeCN have been determined. The structure of the bis(imido) complex 1 contains two unique molecules paired up via weak π-stacking, whereas the structure of 2 contains a chelating amine/imido ligand, and is made up of discrete units of two cations and two anions which are interacting via H-bonding. The tetra-nuclear structure 3 contains four different types of distorted octahedral molybdenum centre, and a bent Me₃SiO group thought to originate from the precursor synthesis. Complexes 1–3 have been screened for their ability to ring open polymerize (ROP) ε-caprolactone. For 1 and 3 (not 2), conversion rates were good (>90%) at high temperatures (100 °C) over 6–24 h, and the polymerization proceeded in a living manner