The noncovalent interactions and remote ligand effects in catalysis have attracted a large attention in the last years. The rationalization of such interactions is tricky and often their role can be elucidated only with a detailed mechanistic study. Here we report the case of fluorinated ligand systems showing a very peculiar behavior in the catalysis of olefin polymerization. The results reported aim to clarify the origin of such behavior underlying the nature of the control of the fluorinated groups on the key steps of the polymerization. These insights can offer new cues to rationalize similar evidences in other reaction fields.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Funding sources from the University of Naples Federico II(Ricerca Ateneo DR_409_2017). G.T. thanks the Kaust Catalysis Center of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, for the visiting contract KAUST-2019-C1387. For computer time, this research used the resources of the KAUST Super-computing Laboratory (KSL) at KAUST.