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Water-Free Neodymium 2,6-Naphthalenedicarboxylates Coordination Complexes and Their Application as Catalysts for Isoprene Polymerization

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posted on 02.01.2012, 00:00 authored by Inês Rodrigues, Ionut Mihalcea, Christophe Volkringer, Thierry Loiseau, Marc Visseaux
A series of four coordination polymers based on neodymium have been hydrothermally synthesized with different carboxylic acids as a linker. The structures of the compounds Nd2(2,6-ndc)3(H2O)3·H2O (1), Nd2(2,6-ndc)2(ox)­(H2O)2 (2), and Nd­(2,6-ndc)­(form) (3) (2,6-ndc = 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate; ox = oxalate; and form = formate) have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. They exhibit rather dense networks built up from infinite chains of NdO polyhedra connected to each other through the 2,6-ndc ligand. Terminal and bridging aquo species are present in the coordination sphere of Nd for 1, whereas some of them are partially replaced by oxalate groups in 2 and fully substituted by formate groups in 3. The water-free phase 3 as well as the compound Nd­(form)3 (4) were considered for catalytic reaction for polymerization of isoprene in the presence of Al-based cocatalyst, affording cis-polyisoprene with good conversions. Residual Nd material with unchanged structure was found in the polymeric material. The neodymium luminescence of compounds 3 and 4 was also measured.