2-[1-(2,6-Dibenzhydryl-4-methylphenylimino)ethyl]-6-[1-(arylimino)ethyl]pyridylnickel(II) halides: Synthesis, characterization and ethylene oligomerization behavior

Jingjuan Lai, Xiaohua Hou, Yongwen Liu, Carl Redshaw, Wen-Hua Sun

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A series of nickel(II) halide complexes ligated by 2-[1-(2,6-dibenzhydryl-4-methyl-phenylimino)ethyl]-6-[1-(arylimino)-ethyl]pyridines was synthesized and characterized by FT–IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Single-crystal X-ray crystallographic studies revealed that the nickel halide complexes possess pseudo square-pyramidal geometry at nickel. Following screening with the co-catalysts Et2AlCl, MAO, MMAO and ethylaluminum sesquichloride (EASC, Et3Al2Cl3), EASC was chosen as the co-catalyst of choice, and activities as high as 2.5 × 106 g mol-1 (Ni) h-1 were observed for ethylene oligomerization. The influence of the ligands and of the reaction parameters on the catalytic behavior of the nickel pre-catalysts was investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

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