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Molybdenum (VI) imido complexes derived from chelating phenols : Synthesis, characterization and ɛ-Caprolactone ROP capability

Al-Khafaji, Yahya; Prior, Timothy; Redshaw, Carl; Elsegood, Mark


Yahya Al-Khafaji

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Professor Carl Redshaw
Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry and REF Lead for Chemistry

Mark Elsegood


Reaction of the bulky bi-phenols 2,2′-RCH[4,6-(t-Bu)₂C₆H₂OH]₂ (R = Me L¹ᵐᵉH₂, Ph L¹ᵖʰH₂) with the bis(imido) molybdenum(VI) tert-butoxides [Mo(NR¹)(NR²)(Ot-Bu)₂] (R¹ = R² = 2,6-C₆H₃-i-Pr₂; R¹ = t-Bu, R² = C₆F₅) afforded, following the successive removal of tert-butanol, the complexes [Mo(NC₆H₃ᵢ-Pr₂-2,6)₂L¹ᵐᵉ] (1), [Mo(NC₆H₃i-Pr₂-2,6)₂L¹ᵖʰ] (2) and [Mo(Nt-Bu)(μ-NC₆F₅)(L¹ᵐᵉ)]₂ (3). Similar use of the tri-phenol 2,6-bis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-2-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methylphenol (L²H₃) with [Mo(NC₆H₃ᵢ-Pr₂-2,6)₂(Ot-Bu)₂] afforded the oxo-bridged product [Mo(NC₆H₃i-Pr₂-2,6)(NCMe)(μ-O)L2H]₂ (4), whilst use of the tetra-phenols α,α,α′,α′-tetrakis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-2-hydroxyphenyl)-p- or -m-xylene L³ᵖH₄/L³ᵐH₄ led to {[Mo(NC₆H₃ᵢ-Pr₂-2,6)₂]₂(μ-L³ᵖ)} (5) or {[Mo(NC₆H₃ᵢ-Pr₂-2,6)₂]₂(μ-L³ᵐ)} (6), respectively. Similar use of [Mo(NC₆F₅)₂(Ot-Bu)₂] with L³ᵖH₄ afforded, after work-up, the complex {[Mo(NC₆F₅)(Ot-Bu)₂]₂(μ-L³ᵖ)}·6MeCN (7·6MeCN). Molecular structures of 1, 2·CH₂Cl₂, 3, 4·6MeCN, 6·2C₆H₁₄, and 7·6MeCN are reported and these complexes have been screened for their ability to ring open polymerize (ROP) ε-caprolactone; for comparative studies the precursor complex [Mo(NC₆H₃ᵢ-Pr₂-2,6)₂Cl₂(DME)] (DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) has also been screened. Results revealed that good activity is only achievable at temperatures of ≥100 °C over periods of 1 h or more. Polymer polydispersities were narrow, but observed molecular weights (Mn) were much lower than calculated values.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 12, 2015
Journal Catalysts
Print ISSN 2073-4344
Electronic ISSN 2073-4344
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 4
Pages 1928-1947
APA6 Citation Al-Khafaji, Y., Prior, T., Redshaw, C., & Elsegood, M. (2015). Molybdenum (VI) imido complexes derived from chelating phenols : Synthesis, characterization and ɛ-Caprolactone ROP capability. Catalysts open access journal, 5(4), 1928-1947.
Keywords Molybdenum (VI), Imido, Phenolate, Chelate, Crystal structures, ε-caprolactone, Ring opening polymerization
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Additional Information This is an open access article published in Catalysts, 2015 v.5 issue 4.


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