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Breaking Symmetry Rules Enhance the Options for Stereoselective Propene Polymerization Catalysis

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posted on 03.04.2020, 20:44 by Claudio De Rosa, Rocco Di Girolamo, Ana B. Muñoz-García, Michele Pavone, Giovanni Talarico
An example of breaking “Ewen’s symmetry rule” for olefin catalysis polymerization is proposed by DFT calculations. Catalyst precursors with Cs symmetry are suggested to promote the isotactic propene polymerization by a modification of the active site geometry obtained via coordination with AlH–alkyl species in solution. The origin of stereocontrol in olefin polymerization is due to a dual mechanism dictated by the chiral catalyst. These findings may expand the toolbox for promoting stereoselective olefin polymerization by transition metal catalysts.