Half-sandwich titanium(IV) complexes with Kläui's tripod ligand

Tony C.H. Lam, Eddie Y.Y. Chan, Wing Leung Mak, Samuel M.F. Lo, Ian D. Williams, Wing Tak Wong, Wa Hung Leung

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Treatment of [Ti(O-i-Pr)2Cl2] with NaLOEt (LOEt- = [CpCo{P(O)(OEt)2}3]-, Cp = η5-C5H5) afforded [LOEtTi(O-i-Pr)2Cl] that reacted with HCl in ether to give [LOEtTiCl3] (1). The average Ti-O and Ti-Cl distances in 1 are 1.975 and 2.293 Å, respectively. Reaction of titanyl sulfate with NaLOEt in water followed by addition of HBF4 afforded [LOEtTiF3] (2), the Ti-O and Ti-F distances of which are 2.020(2) and 1.792(2), Å, respectively. The Zr(IV) analogue [LOEtZrF3] (3) was prepared similarly from zirconyl nitrate, NaLOet, and HBF4 in water. The Zr-O and average Zr-F distances in 3 are 2.139(2) and 1.938(2), Å, respectively. Treatment of 1 with tetrachlorocatechol (H2Cl4cat) afforded [LOEtTi(Cl4cat)Cl] (4). The average Ti-O(P), Ti-O(C), and Ti-Cl distances in 4 are 1.972, 1.926, and 2.334 Å, respectively. Hydrolysis of 4 in the presence of Et3N yielded the μ-oxo dimer [(LOEt)2Ti2(Cl4cat) 2(μ-O)] (5). The average Ti-O(P), Ti-O(C), and Ti-O(Ti) distances in 5 are 2.027, 1.926, and 1.7977(9), Å. Treatment of 1 with 1,1′-binaphthol (BINOLH2) in the presence of Et3N afforded [(LOEt)2Ti2(μ-O)2 (μ-BINOL)]·2BINOLH2 (6·2BINOLH2). Complex 1 is capable of catalyzing ring opening of epoxides with Me3SiN3 under solvent-free conditions presumably via a Ti-azide intermediate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1842-1847
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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