Synthesis, structure and catalytic properties of [Cp*Cr(C6F5)(Bn)(THF)] toward ethylene in the presence of AlEt3
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Treatment of [Cp*CrCl(C6F5)]2 with BnMgCl (Bn = benzyl) in Et2O/THF affords [Cp*Cr(C 6F5)(Bn)(THF)] (1) which has been isolated in 72% yield. This compound whose magnetic moment is equal to of 4.037 μB has been characterized by NMR and single crystal X-ray analysis. Compound 1 alone does not polymerize ethylene when dissolved in toluene. However, addition of excess AlEt3 to a solution of 1 in toluene leads to a catalytically active system which readily oligomerizes ethylene under standard conditions. Oligomerization experiments carried out with  = 10-3 M and [AlEt3] = 9 × 10-2 M for 15 min lead to the production of ethylene oligomers with an activity of 280 kg mol Cr-1 h-1. The experimental molecular weight distribution observed at intermediate times during the reaction is satisfactorily accounted for by the Poisson distribution formula, which is indicative of a living polymerization system. These observations are in agreement with a catalytic cycle in which the growing alkyl chain is transferred from chromium to aluminum via a bimetallic complex in which the chromium and aluminum centers are bridged by an alkyl group and the growing polymer chain. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Ganesan, M., & Gabbaï, F. P.