Christ Schaller, Chemistry
The goal of this project was to synthesize [(BDI)ZnN(TMS)2], a catalyst for a ring-opening trans-esterification polymerization reactions. The BDI ligand was synthesized from the reaction of 2,6-diisopropylaniline and 2,4-pentanedione; four trials resulted in an average yield of 12.5%.
The ligand formation was confirmed by the appearance of peaks at 3.481 ppm in the 1H NMR spectrum, indicating the — CH2 group. After recrystallization from methanol, the zinc complex was formed by treating Zn[N(TMS)2] with BDI, resulting in a yield of 38.5%.
Gao, Guangyao, "Polymerization Catalyst[(BDI)ZnN(TMS)2] Synthesis" (2017). Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day. 106.