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Special Issue "Organometallic Catalysis for Olefin Polymerization/Oligomerization"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2017

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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kotohiro Nomura

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 minami Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan
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Interests: organometallics, catalysis, synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are calling for great contributions for the Special Issue, “Organometallic Catalysis for Olefin Polymerization/Oligomerization. The issue will cover the following topics: (i) synthesis of metal complex catalysts for olefin polymerization/oligomerization; (ii) metal catalyzed polymerizations; (iii) organometallic reactions related to efficient carbon–carbon bond formation; and (iv) synthesis of functional materials (polymers) by olefin polymerization and efficient carbon–carbon bond formation. It is clear that the design of molecular catalysis plays a very important role for synthesis of functional materials by precise olefin polymerization and efficient C–C bond formation. For example, metal catalyzed olefin coordination/insertion polymerization is a core technology in chemical industry, and olefin metathesis is an important reaction for synthesis of fine chemicals and advanced materials (polymers).

I hope this topic is of interest to you as we are taking the opportunity to look at recent developments as well as exploring the future scope in this field.

Prof. Dr. Kotohiro Nomura
Guest Editor


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  • Synthesis of metal complex catalysts for olefin polymerization/oligomerization
  • Metal catalyzed polymerizations
  • Organometallic reactions
  • Synthesis of functional materials (polymers) by efficient C–C bond formation

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Open AccessArticle Preparation of “Constrained Geometry” Titanium Complexes of [1,2]Azasilinane Framework for Ethylene/1-Octene Copolymerization
Molecules 2017, 22(2), 258; doi:10.3390/molecules22020258
Received: 27 December 2016 / Revised: 1 February 2017 / Accepted: 7 February 2017 / Published: 9 February 2017
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The Me2Si-bridged ansa-Cp/amido half-metallocene, [Me2Si(η5-Me4C5)(NtBu)]TiCl2, termed a “constrained-geometry catalyst (CGC)”, is a representative homogeneous Ziegler catalyst. CGC derivatives with the [1,2]azasilinane framework, in which the amide alkyl substituent
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The Me2Si-bridged ansa-Cp/amido half-metallocene, [Me2Si(η5-Me4C5)(NtBu)]TiCl2, termed a “constrained-geometry catalyst (CGC)”, is a representative homogeneous Ziegler catalyst. CGC derivatives with the [1,2]azasilinane framework, in which the amide alkyl substituent is joined by the Si-bridge, were prepared, and the catalytic performances of these species was studied. Me4C5HSi(Me)(CH2CH=CH2)-NH(C(R)(R’)CH=CH2) (R, R’ = H or methyl; Me4C5H = tetramethylcyclopentadienyl) was susceptible to ring closure metathesis (RCM) when treated with Schrock’s Mo-catalyst to afford -Si(Me4C5H)(Me)CH2CH=CHC(R)(R’)NH- containing a six-membered ring framework. Using the precursors and the products of RCM, various CGC derivatives, i.e., [-Si(η5-Me4C5)(Me)CH2CH=CHC(R)(H)N-]TiMe2 (13, R = H; 15, R = Me), [-Si(η5-Me4C5)(Me)CH2CH2CH2CH2N]TiMe2 (14), [(η5-Me4C5)Si(Me)(CH2CH=CH2)NCH2CH=CH2]TiMe2 (16), [(η5-Me4C5)Si (Me)(CH=CH2)NCH2CH=CH2]TiMe2 (17), and [(η5-Me4C5)Si(Me)(CH2CH3)NCH2CH2CH3]TiMe2 (18), were prepared. The catalytic activity of the newly prepared complexes was lower than that of CGC when activated with [Ph3C][B(C6F5)4]/iBu3Al. However, the catalytic activity of these species was improved by using tetrabutylaluminoxane ([iBu2Al]2O) instead of iBu3Al and the activity of 14/[Ph3C][B(C6F5)4]/[iBu2Al]2O was comparable to that of CGC/[Ph3C][B(C6F5)4]/iBu3Al (4.7 and 5.0 × 106 g/mol-Ti, respectively). Advantageously, the newly prepared complexes produced higher molecular weight poly(ethylene-co-1-octene)s than CGC. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organometallic Catalysis for Olefin Polymerization/Oligomerization)

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