Synthesis, molecular structure and catalytic activity of chiral benzamidinate nickel complexes

Elza Nelkenbaum, Moshe Kapon, Moris S. Eisen*

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Two new nickel complexes containing the chiral benzamidinate ligation: [PhC(N-SiMe3)(N′-myrtanyl)]2Ni(py)2 (3) and {[PhC(NH)(N′-myrtanyl)]2Ni}2 (6) have been synthesized and characterized. The solid-state molecular structures of these complexes have been determined by low-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis. Complex 3 was obtained via two different procedures. In complex 3, the metal adopts a nearly ideal octahedral environment, whereas in complex 6 the two divalent nickel metals are coordinated in a square-planar geometry, forming a dimer. Complex 3 activated with MAO has been found to oligomerize propylene producing a mixture of dimers, trimers and tetramers with a turnover frequency of 5200 h-1, whereas complex 6 being activated with MAO oligomerizes ethylene to a mixture of dimers and trimers with a high turnover frequency of 15,400 h-1. In addition, when activated with MAO both complexes showed a good activity for the vinyl-type polymerization of norbornene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3154-3164
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Chiral benzamidinates
  • Chiral nickel complexes
  • Ethylene oligomerization
  • Nickel
  • Polymerization
  • Propylene oligomerization
  • X-ray structure


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