Ethylene oligomerization promoted by chromium complexes bearing pyrrolide-imine-amine/ether tridentate ligands.

Abstract

Chromium(iii) complexes [CrCl2(L)(THF)] based on monoanionic tridentate ligands [, L = {2-(C4H3N-2'-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N)C2H4NHPh}; , L = {5-tert-butyl-2-(C4H2N-2'-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N)C2H3NHPh}; , L = {2-(C4H3N-2'-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N)C2H4OPh}] have been prepared. Complexes and were converted into the monomeric acetonitrile adducts [CrCl2(L)(NCMe)] [, L = {2-(C4H3N-2'-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N)C2H4NHPh}; , L = {5-tert-butyl-2-(C4H2N-2'-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N)C2H3NHPh}] by reaction with acetonitrile at room temperature. All Cr complexes were characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, magnetochemistry for , and by X-ray crystallography for and . Upon activation with methylaluminoxane (MAO), chromium precatalysts and showed good activity in ethylene oligomerization (TOF = 47.0-57.0 × 10(3) (mol ethylene)(mol Cr)(-1) h(-1) at 80 °C), producing mostly oligomers (93.0-95.6 wt% of total products). On the other hand, under identical oligomerization conditions, /MAO behaved as a polymerization catalyst generating predominantly polyethylene (73.0 wt%). However, the catalytic behavior of the precatalyst can be adjusted by varying the MAO-to-Cr ratio. Thus, the use of 500 equiv. causes a dramatic shift from polymerization to ethylene oligomerization, eventually producing mainly lighter α-olefin fractions [α-C4 (68.7 wt%) and α-C6 (19.2 wt%)]. A further increase in the amount of MAO (1000 equiv.) leads to a more balanced distribution of oligomers, with a drastic decrease in the α-C4 and increase in the α-C8 fractions.

DOI: 10.1039/c5dt02025e

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@article{Pinheiro2015EthyleneOP, title={Ethylene oligomerization promoted by chromium complexes bearing pyrrolide-imine-amine/ether tridentate ligands.}, author={Armando Castelar Pinheiro and Thierry Roisnel and Evgueni Kirillov and J. Carpentier and Osvaldo de L Casagrande}, journal={Dalton transactions}, year={2015}, volume={44 36}, pages={16073-80} }