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Solid-State 91Zr NMR Spectroscopy Studies of Zirconocene Olefin Polymerization Catalyst Precursors
Journal of the American Chemical Society (2010)
  • Aaron J. Rossini, University of Windsor
  • Ivan Hung, University of Windsor
  • Samuel A. Johnson, University of Windsor
  • Carla Slebodnick, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Mike Mensch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Paul A. Deck, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Robert W. Schurko, University of Windsor
Abstract
91Zr (I = 5/2) solid-state NMR (SSNMR) spectra of the zirconocene compounds, Cp2ZrCl2, Cp*2ZrCl2 (1), Cp2ZrBr2 (2), (Me3SiC5H4)2ZrBr2 (3), O(Me2SiC5H4)2ZrBr2 (4), (1,3-C5H3)(SiMe2OSiMe2)2(1,3-C5H3)ZrBr2 (5), Ind2ZrCl2 (6), Cp2ZrMeCl (7), Cp2ZrMe2 (8), and [Cp2ZrMe][MeB(C6F5)3] (9) have been acquired. Static 91Zr SSNMR spectra have been acquired for all complexes at magnetic fields of 9.4 and 21.1 T. Cp2ZrCl2 and complexes 1 to 5 possess relatively narrow central transition powder patterns which allows for magic-angle spinning (MAS)91Zr solid-state NMR spectra to be acquired at a moderate field strength of 9.4 T. Complexes 6to 9 possess ultrawideline central transition SSNMR spectra necessitating piece-wise acquisition techniques. From the static and MAS 91Zr SSNMR spectra, it is possible to measure 91Zr electric field gradient (EFG) and chemical shift (CS) tensor parameters, as well as the Euler angles which describe their relative orientation. Basis sets and methods for the accurate quantum chemical calculation of 91Zr EFG and CS tensors have been identified. The origin of the observed EFG and CS tensor parameters are further investigated by visualization of the EFG and CS tensor orientations within the molecular frames. Correlations between the observed and calculated NMR tensor parameters and molecular symmetry and structure are made. All of these observations suggest that 91Zr SSNMR spectroscopy can be utilized to probe the molecular structure of a variety of homogeneous and heterogeneous olefin polymerization catalysts.
Publication Date
December 3, 2010
DOI
10.1021/ja107749b
Publisher Statement
Reprinted (adapted) with permission from the Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(51); 18301-18317. Doi: 10.1021/ja107749b. Copyright 2010 American Chemical Society.
Citation Information
Aaron J. Rossini, Ivan Hung, Samuel A. Johnson, Carla Slebodnick, et al.. "Solid-State 91Zr NMR Spectroscopy Studies of Zirconocene Olefin Polymerization Catalyst Precursors" Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol. 132 Iss. 51 (2010) p. 18301 - 18317
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