Topics in Catalysis

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An investigation of catalyst/cocatalyst/support interactions in silica-supported olefin polymerization catalysts based on Cp*TiMe3*

  • Susannah L. ScottEmail author
  • Tamara L. Church
  • Dao Hinh Nguyen
  • Elizabeth A. Mader
  • Joseph Moran


Some of the interactions in an organometallic catalyst/cocatalyst/support material have been studied quantitatively (by analysis of volatiles and surface organometallic fragments) and spectroscopically (by IR, 13C and 29Si solid state CP/MAS NMR). The initial product of grafting Cp*TiMe3 onto an Aerosil silica is the supported organometallic complex ≡SiOTiCp*Me2, 1, which is thermally unstable. Mild heating generates the supported tetramethylfulvene complex ≡ SiOTiFv*(Me), 3, via an intramolecular C–H activation process. Grafting of AlMe3 onto either 1 or 3 yields a methylene-bridged heterobinuclear complex, (≡SiO)2Cp*TiCH2AlMe2, 5, and is accompanied by extensive methylation of the silica surface. The direct reaction of AlMe3 with the unmodified silica leads predominantly to the supported organometallic fragment ≡ SiOAl2(CH3)3(CH2), 6, whose proposed structure includes a bridging methylene and a bridging siloxide ligand. Its reaction with Cp*TiMe3 generates methane and ≡ SiOAl2(CH2)2TiCp*Me4, 7.


olefin polymerization surface organometallic chemistry silica C–H activation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susannah L. Scott
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tamara L. Church
    • 1
  • Dao Hinh Nguyen
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Mader
    • 1
  • Joseph Moran
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Barbara

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