New bimetallic zinc catalyst for the copolymerization of carbon dioxide and cyclohexene oxide at 1 atm

INOR 451

Michael R. Kember,, Paul D. Knight, and Charlotte K. Williams, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
The copolymerization of carbon dioxide and cyclohexene oxide is a promising route to activate and use CO2 as a renewable C-1 source. We report the synthesis, characterisation and catalytic studies in the copolymerisation using the new complex (Fig. 1). The catalyst is one of only a few active at 1 atm CO2, with turn-over-numbers up to 700 and turn-over-frequencies of 30 h-1. The catalyst has the advantage of being air stable, robust and able to polymerize unpurified (i.e. wet) cyclohexene oxide with no loss of activity. It is also moderately active under higher pressures (10 atm), with TONs up to 4000.


Coordination Chemistry: Applications
2:30 PM-4:50 PM, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Salt Palace Convention Center -- Combo Rooms 253 A-B, Oral

Division of Inorganic Chemistry

The 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2009