Zinc and magnesium complexes incorporated by bis(amine) benzotriazole phenoxide ligand: Synthesis, characterization, photoluminescent properties and catalysis for ring-opening polymerization of lactide

Chang Yu Sung, Chen Yu Li, Jing Kai Su, Ting Yi Chen, Chia Her Lin, Bao Tsan Ko*

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Abstract

A new bis(amine) benzotriazole phenoxide ligand, C8NNBTP-H (1) was prepared from the Mannich condensation of 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(2,4,4- trimethylpentan-2-yl)phenol with the mixtures of excess paraformaldehyde and N,N,N-trimethylethylenediamine under reflux conditions. Zinc and magnesium complexes bearing the N,N,O-tridentate C8NNBTP ligand were synthesized and fully characterized. The reaction of C8NNBTP-H with ZnEt 2 (1.2 molar equiv.) in toluene gives the monomeric tetra-coordinated zinc complex [( C8NNBTP)ZnEt] (2). The homoleptic and monomeric complexes [( C8NNBTP) 2M] (M = Zn (3) and M = Mg (4)) result from treatment of ZnEt 2 or Mg nBu 2 with C8NNBTP-H (two equiv.), in which the metal center is hexa-coordinated by two tridentate C8NNBTP ligands. Luminescent properties and catalysis for lactide (LA) polymerizations of complexes 2-4 are studied. Complexes 2-4 produce bright green fluorescence with emission maxima ranging from 510 to 520 nm in the solid state. Experimental results indicate that complex 2 catalyzes the ring-opening polymerization of LA in the presence of 9-anthracenemethanol (9-AnOH) with efficient catalytic activities in a controlled fashion, yielding poly(rac-lactide) with a slight isotactic predominance (P m = 0.59).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)953-961
Number of pages9
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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