Mono-oxo molybdenum(vi) and tungsten(vi) complexes bearing chelating aryloxides: synthesis, structure and ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters.

Author(s) Sun, Z.; Zhao, Y.; Prior, T.J.; Elsegood, M.R.J.; Wang, K.; Xing, T.; Redshaw, C.
Journal Dalton Trans
Date Published 2019 Jan 22

The mono-oxo aryloxide complexes [M(O)(L1)2] (M = Mo (1·hexane), W(2·2MeCN)) have been prepared from [Mo(O)(Cl)4] or [W(O)(Ot-Bu)4] and two equivalents of the di-phenol 2,2'-ethylidenebis(4,6-di-tert-butylphenol) L1H2, respectively. Use of in situ generated [Mo(O)(Ot-Bu)4] with two equivalents of L1H2 also led to the isolation of 1·2MeCN. In the presence of adventitious oxygen, attempts to generate in situ [Mo(O)(Ot-Bu)4] and reaction with one equivalent of L1H2 afforded the bi-metallic complex [Mo(O)(L1)(μ-O)Li(THF)(MeCN)]2·2MeCN (3·2MeCN). Use of the tetra-phenol α,α,α',α'-tetrakis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-2-hydroxyphenyl)-p-xyleneH4 (L2H4) with [Mo(O)(Oi-Pr)4] led to the isolation of {[Mo(O)]L2}2 (4), whilst the analogous tungsten complex {[W(O)]L2}2 (5) was isolated from the reaction of L2H4 with [W(O)(Ot-Bu)4]. Similar reaction of p-tert-butylcalix[4]areneH4 (L3H4) with [Mo(O)(Oi-Pr)4] afforded ([Mo(O)L3(NCMe)]·3MeCN (6). Modifications of known routes were employed to access complexes [W(Cl)2L3]·3.5MeCN (7·3.5MeCN) and [W(O)L3(NCMe)] (8), whilst use of [WO(Ot-Bu)4] with L3H4 unexpectedly afforded [W(Ot-Bu)2L3]·MeCN (9·MeCN). The molecular crystal structures for 1-9 are reported, and the ability of these complexes to act as catalysts for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL), δ-valerolactone (δ-VL) and ω-pentadecalactone (ω-PDL) has been investigated. The molybdenum complexes 1 and 4 were the best performers for ε-Cl and δ-VL, but all complexes exhibited poor control and were also inactive toward the ROP of PDL.

DOI 10.1039/c8dt04566f
ISSN 1477-9234
Citation Dalton Trans. 2019;48(4):14541466.

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