A convenient method for the synthesis of zirconocene hydrido chloride, isobutyl hydride, and dihydride complexes using tert-butyl lithium

Jaime A. Pool, Christopher A. Bradley, Paul J. Chirik

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Abstract

Preparation of zirconocene hydrido chloride complexes has been accomplished via addition of 1 equiv of tert-butyllithium to the corresponding zirconocene dichlorides. In this manner, both Cp*Cp″Zr(H)Cl and Cp″2Zr(H)Cl (Cp* = C5Me5, Cp″ = 1,3-(SiMe3)2C5H3) were prepared in high yield. Further addition of tBuLi to Cp*Cp″Zr(H)Cl affords the isobutyl hydride complex Cp*Cp″Zr(CH2CHMe2)(H), which upon addition of 1 atm of dihydrogen undergoes rapid hydrogenolysis yielding the monomeric dihydride Cp*Cp″ZrH2. In the absence of dihydrogen, the zirconocene dihydride undergoes reversible C-H activation of a cyclopentadienyl trimethylsilyl group, affording the "tuck-in" derivative Cp*(η5-1-SiMe3C5H3-3-( η1-SiMe2-CH2))ZrH. Addition of 2 equiv of tBuLi to the ansa-zirconocene tPr2Si(η5-3-SiMe3C5H 3)(η5-3,4-(SiMe3)2C5H 2)ZrCl2 results in the corresponding zirconocene isobutyl hydride complex, which upon exposure to H2 affords the dimeric dihydride [iPr2Si(η5-3-SiMe3C5H 3)(η5-3,4-(SiMe3)2C5H 2)ZrH2]2. In a similar procedure the substituted indenyl complexes rac-(1-CMe3-C9H6)Zr(H)Cl and rac-(1-CMe3-C9H6)Zr(CH2CHMe2 )(H) have been prepared. This synthetic methodology allows for the preparation of metallocene alkyl hydrides and dihydrides inaccessible by more traditional routes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1277
Number of pages7
JournalOrganometallics
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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