Synthesis, characterization, and reactions of monomeric titanium complexes containing a chelating bis(phenolate) ligand [1, 2]

Paul J. Toscanck, E. James Schermerhorn, Elizabeth Barren, Shuncheng Liu, Jon Zubieta

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The synthesis of Ti(iso)Cl2 (iso = the dianion of 2,2′-ethylidenebis(4,6-di-tert-butylphenol)) is described. Metathesis reactions of this complex with Grignard reagents, as well as alkali metal salts, yielded Ti(iso)X2 (X = CH3, CH2Ph, CH2SiMe3, OCMe3, or NMe2). Reactions of the Ti-C bond in Ti(iso)(CH3)2 toward halogens, active hydrogen compounds, and acetone were studied. In addition, Ti(iso)(X)(Y) (X = Cl or CH3; Y = OC6H2-2 , 6-tBu2-4-Me) could be prepared with the formation of only one coordination isomer. The new complexes have been thoroughly characterized by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopies. The solid state structure of Ti(iso)Cl2 was determined via single crystal X-ray diffraction methods. The complex is monomeric, with approximately tetrahedral geometry about the titanium ion. The structure of Ti(iso)Cl2 is compared to that of Ti(ultra)Cl2 (ultra = the dianion of 2,2′-methylenebis(6-tert-buty]-4-methylphenol)), which was redetermined to greater precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-185
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Coordination Chemistry
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998



  • Bidentate diphenolate ligands
  • Eight-membered rings
  • Titanium complexes

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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