Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)

Aluminum complexes based on pyridine substituted alcohols: synthesis, structure, and catalytic application in ROP.

PMID 26066495


A series of substituted pyridine dialcohols (2,6-bis(hydroxyalkyl)pyridines), 1-4, was used for the synthesis of various types of aluminum complexes. Aluminum methyl derivatives, 2-4a, were obtained by the reaction of AlMe3 with the corresponding ligand or transmetallation reactions of germylenes. Aluminum chloride complexes, 3-4b, were obtained by substitution of the Me group under the action of chlorinating agents. Methoxy-, 2-4c, or benzyloxy-, 2d, aluminum complexes were synthesized in transalkoxylation reaction of Me2Al(OX) (X = Me, Bn) by the corresponding ligand. All complexes obtained were thoroughly investigated by multinuclear NMR and X-ray analysis. It has been established that the structure of the ligand (number of carbon atoms) determines the nature of the complexes formed. Compounds were used as initiators of ring-opening polymerization of l-lactide and ε-caprolactone and showed moderate activity with controlled or immortal character.