Dinuclear neodymium and lanthanum bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) phosphate complexes bearing a hydroxide ligand: catalytic activity of the Nd complex in 1,3-diene polymerization.

Author(s) Minyaev, M.E.; Korchagina, S.'yaA.; Tavtorkin, A.N.; Churakov, A.V.; Nifant'ev, I.E.
Journal Acta Crystallogr C Struct Chem
Date Published 2018 Jun 01

The reactions of K[(2,6-PrCH-O)POO] either with LaCl(HO) or with Nd(NO)(HO) in a 3:1 molar ratio, followed by vacuum drying and recrystallization from alkanes, have led to the formation of diaquapentakis[bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) phosphato]-μ-hydroxido-dilanthanum hexane disolvate, [La(CHOP)(OH)(HO)]·2CH, (1)·2(hexane), and tetraaquatetrakis[bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) phosphato]-μ-hydroxido-dineodymium bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) phosphate heptane disolvate, [Nd(CHOP)(OH)(HO)]·2CH, (2)·2(heptane). The compounds crystalize in the P2/n and P-1 space groups, respectively. The diaryl-substituted organophosphate ligand exhibits three different coordination modes, viz. κO,O'-terminal [in (1) and (2)], κO-terminal [in (1)] and μ-κO:κO'-bridging [in (1) and (2)]. Binuclear structures (1) and (2) are similar and have the same unique Ln(μ-OH)(μ-OPO) core. The structure of (2) consists of an [Nd{(2,6-PrCH-O)POO}(OH)(HO)] cation and a [(2,6-PrCH-O)POO] anion, which are bound via four intermolecular O-H...O hydrogen bonds. The molecular structure of (1) displays two O-H...O hydrogen bonds between OH/HO ligands and a κO-terminal organophosphate ligand, which resembles, to some extent, the `free' [(2,6-PrCH-O)POO] anion in (2). NMR studies have shown that the formation of (1) undoubtedly occurs due to intramolecular hydrolysis during vacuum drying of the aqueous La tris(phosphate) complex. Catalytic experiments have demonstrated that the presence of the coordinated hydroxide anion and water molecules in precatalyst (2) substantially lowered the catalytic activity of the system prepared from (2) in butadiene and isoprene polymerization compared to the catalytic system based on the neodymium tris[bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl) phosphate] complex, which contains neither OH nor HO ligands.

DOI 10.1107/S2053229618006666
ISSN 2053-2296
Citation Acta Crystallogr C Struct Chem. 2018;74(Pt 6):673682.

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