Reaction of 2,6-dimethylpyridine with 2 equivalents of LiBun followed by addition of 2 equivalents of benzophenone and the consecutive reaction with 2 equivalents of SiMe3Cl afforded the doubly functionalised 2,6-bis(2,2-diphenyl-2-trimethylsilyloxyethyl)pyridine L. The structure of L has been determined by an X-ray diffraction study. Reaction of either a doubly lithiated intermediate or the corresponding silylated ligand L with TiCl4 afforded a pyridine dialkoxide titanium dichloride complex. A cationic α-olefin polymerization catalyst was generated from this complex with an excess of methylaluminoxane (MeAlO)n. A comparison of the catalytic activity with those of similar bis(alkoxide) complexes is presented.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions|
|State||Published - 21 Mar 1998|