Controlled Synthesis of Polycarbonate Diols and Their Polylactide Block Copolymers using Amino-bis(phenolate) Chromium Hydroxide Complexes

26 September 2023, Version 1
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A diamine-bis(phenolate) chromium(III) complex, CrOH[L] ([L] = dimethylaminoethylamino-N,N-bis(2-methylene-4,6-tert-butylphenolate)), 2, in the presence of tetrabutylammonium hydroxide effectively copolymerizes CO2 and cyclohexene oxide (CHO) into polycarbonate diol. The resultant low molecular weight (6.3 kg mol–1) diol is used to initiate ring-opening polymerization of rac-lactide with 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) giving ABA-type block copolymers with good molecular weight control through varying rac-LA-to-diol loading, and with narrow dispersities. As the degree of rac-LA incorporation increases, the glass transition temperatures (Tg) are found to decrease, whereas decomposition temperatures (Td) increase. Diphenylphosphonimido)triphenylphosphorane (Ph2P(O)NPPh3) was used as a neutral nucleophilic cocatalyst with 2, giving phosphorus-containing polycarbonates with Mn of 28.5 kg mol–1, dispersity of 1.13, Tg of 110 C and Td over 300 C. A related Cr(III) complex (4) having a methoxyethyl pendent group rather than a dimethylaminoethyl group was structurally characterized as a hydroxide-bridged dimer.


Amino-bis(phenolate) ligands

Supplementary materials

Electronic Supplementary Information
MALDI-TOF MS, representative 1H, 31P NMR, DSC, TGA data, DOSY NMR of block copolymer


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