Illustrating catalysis with interlocking building blocks: Correlation between structure of a metallocene catalyst and the stereoregularity of polypropylene

Ryo Horikoshi, Yoji Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kageyama

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Abstract

Catalysis with transition-metal complexes is a part of the inorganic chemistry curriculum and a challenging topic for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. A hands-on teaching aid has been developed for use during conventional lectures to help students understand these catalytic reactions. A unique method of illustrating the coordination polymerization of propylene with interlocking building blocks is described. Three metallocene block models mimicking real catalysts recognize top and bottom faces of a prochiral propylene monomer block model and subsequently provide three polypropylene structures with different tacticity. The monomer recognition processes of the metallocene block models are based on steric hindrance, similar to those of the real catalysts. © 2013 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-622
Number of pages3
JournalJournal Of Chemical Education
Volume90
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Chemistry

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