The complexes Cp*2TiR (Cp* = eta-5-C5Me5; R = Me, Et, n-Pr, C2H3, CH2CMe3, Ph) undergo thermolysis to yield the fulvene complex Cp*FvTi (Fv = eta-6-C5Me4CH2) and RH. Kinetic measurements and deuterium labeling studies show that the decomposition is catalyzed by Cp*2TiH, which is formed either by beta-hydrogen elimination from a titanium alkyl Cp*2TiCH2CH2R at low temperature or by hydrogenolysis of Cp*2TiR or Cp*FvTi, using dihydrogen eliminated from Cp*FvTi at elevated temperatures. Permethyltitanocene is not an intermediate. The rate of the catalyzed decomposition of Cp*2TiCH2CMe3 is linear in [Cp*2TiH]. For Cp*2TiMe it is proportional to [Cp*2TiH] and [CP*2TiMe] and inversely proportional to the starting concentration of Cp*2TiMe. This is explained in a kinetic scheme, where H-2, eliminated from Cp*2TiH to give Cp*FvTi, reacts with Cp*2TiR to regenerate Cp*2TiH and liberate RH. The model is supported by the reaction of (Cp*-d15)2TiD and Cp*2TiCH2CMe3 yielding Cp*2TiD and (Cp*FvTi-d29).
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 22-Apr-1992|
- NUCLEAR MAGNETIC-RESONANCE
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