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Bimetallic Aluminum Complexes Bearing Binaphthyl-Based Iminophenolate Ligands as Catalysts for the Synthesis of Polyesters

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posted on 27.03.2020, 12:03 by Federica Santulli, Ilaria D’Auria, Laura Boggioni, Simona Losio, Matteo Proverbio, Chiara Costabile, Mina Mazzeo
Two dinuclear aluminum complexes bearing dinaphthalene bridging Schiff bases have been synthesized and investigated as catalysts in ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters such as rac-lactide (rac-LA) and ε-caprolactone (ε-CL) and in the copolymerization (ROCOP) of phthalic anhydride (PA) with cyclohexene oxide (CHO) and limonene oxide (LO). The polymerizations of cyclic esters were living, producing polymers with narrow molar mass distributions. Kinetic studies showed that the polymerizations were first order with respect to the monomers. Cooperative effects between two metal centers, located in proximal positions, are invoked to rationalize the high activities toward both monomers, although the rigid backbone of the complexes enhances the reactivity of less encumbered caprolactone in comparison to lactide. Good activities were achieved also in the copolymerization of phthalic anhydride with cyclohexene epoxide and with the bioderived limonene oxide.