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Titanium and Zirconium Complexes with the New Ancillary Diamido Ligand N,N-Bis(trimethylsilyl)amidobenzylamido(2−):  Syntheses, Structures, and α-Olefin Polymerization Activities

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posted on 01.09.1999 by You-Moon Jeon, Jungseok Heo, Won Mok Lee, Taihyun Chang, Kimoon Kim
Using the disymmetric N,N-bis(trimethylsilyl)aminobenzylamine (H2MABA; 1) ligand, the new group 4 metal complexes (MABA)TiCl2 (2), (MABA)TiMe2 (3), (MABA)Ti(CH2Ph)2 (4), (MABA)ZrCl2 (5), and (MABA)2Zr (6) were prepared. X-ray crystal structures of 2, 4, and 6 were determined. The crystal structure of 2 suggests that an agostic interaction between the titanium metal center and benzylic protons exists in the solid state. However, the agostic interaction is not sustained in solution, as indicated by NMR spectroscopy. Complexes 2 and 5, activated by MMAO, and 4, activated by B(C6F5)3, have moderate catalytic activities for the polymerization of α-olefins.