Molecular nitrogen is relatively inert owing to the strength of its triple bond, nonpolarity and high ionization potential. As a result, the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia under mild conditions has remained a challenge to chemists for more than a century. Although the Haber-Bosch process produces over 100 million tons of ammonia annually for… (More)
The alternating copolymerization of (R)- or (S)-limonene oxide and CO2 using beta-diiminate zinc acetate catalysts is reported. At 100 psi CO2 and 25 degrees C, the catalyst exhibits a high selectivity for the trans isomer and produces regioregular polycarbonate. The copolymer contains >99% carbonate linkages, a narrow molecular weight distribution, and an… (More)
The electronic structure of a family of bis(imino)pyridine iron dihalide, monohalide, and neutral ligand compounds has been investigated by spectroscopic and computational methods. The metrical parameters combined with Mössbauer spectroscopic and magnetic data for ((i)PrPDI)FeCl(2) ((i)PrPDI = 2,6-(2,6-(i)Pr(2)C(6)H(3)N=CMe)(2)C(5)H(3)N) established a… (More)
The synthesis of two-dimensional double metal cyanide complexes of the formula Co(H2O)2[M(CN)4].4H2O (M=Ni, Pd or Pt) and the X-ray crystal structure of Co(H2O)2[Pd(CN)4].4H2O are presented. The anhydrous forms of these complexes were found to be effective catalyst precursors for the homopolymerization of propylene oxide as well as the random… (More)
Mechanistic studies have revealed that the isospecific polymerization of epoxides by a discrete salen cobalt(III) catalyst occurs at the surface of the undissolved, crystalline complex.
Synthetic routes to a series of new (salen-1)CoX (salen-1 = N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-1,2-diaminoalkane; X = halide or carboxylate) species are described and the X-ray crystal structures of two (salen-1)CoX (salen- = N,N'-bis(3,5-di-tert-butylsalicylidene)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane; X = Cl, I) complexes are presented. (R,R)-(salen-)CoX (X = Cl, Br, I, OAc,… (More)
New titanium(IV) complexes having two bidentate β-iminoethyl-spiro[4,5]decan-6-onato ligands with various N-aryl substituents have been synthesized. X-ray crystal structure analysis reveals that these titanium complexes all exhibit a C2-symmetric conformation with a distorted octahedral geometry, although the specific orientation of the ligands around the… (More)
Metallation of a variety of α,ω-dienes has been explored with an η(9),η(5)-bis(indenyl)zirconium sandwich compound and an ansa-titanocene dinitrogen complex. The η(9),η(5)-bis(indenyl)zirconium sandwich compound, (η(9)-C(9)H(5)-1,3-Pr(2))(η(5)-C(9)H(5)-1,3-(i)Pr(2))Zr, served as an isolable source of Negishi's reagent and readily formed a kinetic mixture of… (More)