Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Title

Tethered Olefin Studies of Alkene versus Tetraphenylborate Coordination and Lanthanide Olefin Interactions in Metallocenes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-30-2003

Publication Title

Journal of the American Chemical Society

ISSN

0002-7863

Volume

125

Issue/No.

17

First Page

5204

Last Page

5212

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The tethered olefin cyclopentadienyl ligand, [(C5Me4)SiMe2(CH2CH=CH2)]-, forms unsolvated metallocenes, [(C5Me4)SiMe2(CH2CH=CH2)]2Ln (Ln = Sm, 1; Eu, 2; Yb, 3), from [(C5Me4)SiMe2(CH2CH=CH2)]K and LnI2(THF)2 in good yield. Each complex in the solid state has both tethered olefins oriented toward the Ln metal center with the Ln−C(terminal alkene carbon) distances 0.2−0.3 Å shorter than the Ln−C(internal alkene carbon) distances. The olefinic C−C bond distances in 2 and 3, 1.328(4) and 1.328(5) Å, respectively, are normal. Like its permethyl analogue, (C5Me5)2Sm(THF)2, complex 1 reductively couples CO2 to form the oxalate-bridged dimer {[(C5Me4)SiMe2(CH2CH=CH2)]2Sm}2(μ-η22-O2CCO2), 4, in which the tethered olefins are noninteracting substituents. Complex 1 reacts with AgBPh4 to form an unsolvated cation that has the option of coordinating [BPh4]- or a pendant olefin, a competition common in olefin polymerization catalysis. The structure of {[(C5Me4)SiMe2(CH2CH=CH2)]2Sm}[BPh4], 5, shows that both pendant olefins are located near samarium rather than the [BPh4]-counterion.

Comments

©2003 American Chemical Society

DOI

10.1021/ja020957x

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