Highly selective monofunctionalization of zirconacyclopentanes and dialkylzirconocene complexes

Yasushi Nishihara, Koichiro Aoyagi, Ryuichiro Hara, Noriyuki Suzuki, Tamotsu Takahashi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)


Selective monofunctionalization was investigated for symmetrical zirconacyclopentanes or symmetrical dialkylzirconocenes. Reaction of zirconacyclopentanes, which were prepared by intermolecular coupling of two alkenes, or intramolecular cyclization of dienes, trienes or tetraenes on zirconium, with PPh2Cl or SnR3Cl (R = Me, Ph) gave monofunctionalized products in good to high yields with high selectivities. Even in the presence of 2 equiv. of PPh2Cl or SnR3Cl, only one Zr-carbon bond reacted. Treatment of zirconacyclopentanes with methanol yielded monoprotonated complexes. Subsequent addition of halogen such as Br2 and I2 to these monoprotonated complexes gave highly selective monohalogenated products. Similar monoprotonation reactions proceeded for dialkylzirconocene or-hafnocene complexes. Reaction of Cp2MR2 (M = Zr or Hf, R = alkyl or aryl) with alcohols afforded alkylalkoxyzirconocene or -hafnocene complexes, Cp2MR(OR′) (M = Zr or Hf, R′ = alkyl or aryl) in high yields with high selectivities. High selectivity of monofunctionalization using PPh2Cl, SnR3Cl or alcohols can be attributed to the different reactivities between monoalkylzirconocenes which are monofunctionalized products and zirconacyclopentanes or dialkylzirconocenes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal structures
  • Dialkylzirconocene complex
  • Monofunctionalization
  • Zirconacyclopentane complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Highly selective monofunctionalization of zirconacyclopentanes and dialkylzirconocene complexes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this