Vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VO(OiPr)3), 1, was grafted on highly dehydroxylated silica (SiO2-700: aerosil silica treated at 700 °C under high vacuum) to generate compound 2 following the concepts and methodology of surface organometallic chemistry (SOMC). The resulting compound was analyzed by elemental analysis, FT-IR, 1H, 13C and 51V solid state (SS) NMR, Raman and EPR spectroscopies. The grafting reaction of 1 to generate 2 was found to lead to the formation of a monopodal surface complex [(Si-O-)V(O)(OiPr)2], 2m, as well as bipodal [(Si-O-)2V(O)(OiPr)], 2b, formed along with (Si-O-iPr) moieties as an effect of the classical rearrangement of 2m with strained siloxane bridges. Upon controlled thermal treatment at 200 °C under high vacuum, 2m and 2b were found to mainly rearrange to tetrahedral VO4 moieties [(Si-O-)3V(O)] (3) with formation of propylene whereas the (Si-O-iPr) groups were preserved. The mechanism of the thermal rearrangement of the isopropoxide groups was investigated by a DFT approach revealing the occurrence of a concerted γ-H-transfer and olefin elimination mechanism.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)