A well-defined, silica-supported molybdenum oxo alkyl species, ([triple bond, length as m-dash]SiO-)2Mo([double bond, length as m-dash]O)(CH2tBu)2, was prepared by the selective grafting of Mo([double bond, length as m-dash]O)(CH2tBu)3Cl onto a silica partially dehydroxylated at 200 °C using a rigorous surface organometallic chemistry approach. The immobilized bipodal surface species, partly resembling the active species of industrial MoO3/SiO2 olefin metathesis catalysts, exhibited excellent functional group tolerance in conjunction with its high activity in homocoupling, self and ring closing olefin metathesis.
Merle N, Le Quéméner F, Barman S, Samantaray MK, Szeto KC, et al. (2017) Well-defined silica supported bipodal molybdenum oxo alkyl complexes: a model of the active sites of industrial olefin metathesis catalysts. Chem Commun. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cc06041f.
This study was supported by the Competitive Research Grant Program, supported by the KAUST Research Fund (project # 2174 CRG3). We would like to thank Olivier Mathon for his help during the recording of the XAS spectra on the BM23 beam-line at ESRF (experiment code IN-986).