Triisobutylaluminum: bulkier and yet more reactive towards silica surfaces than triethyl or trimethylaluminum

Anthony Kermagoret, Rachel Nathaniel Kerber, Matthew P. Conley, Emmanuel Callens, Pierre Florian, Dominique Massiot, Christophe Copéret, Françoise Delbecq, Xavier Rozanska, Philippe Sautet

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Triisobutylaluminum reacts with silica yielding three different Al sites according to high-field aluminum-27 NMR and first principle calculations: a quadruply grafted dimeric surface species and two incorporated Al(O)x species (x = 4 or 5). This result is in stark contrast to the bis-grafted species that forms during Et3Al silica grafting. Thus the isobutyl ligands, which render R3Al monomeric, lead to greater reactivity towards the silica surface. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12681
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number35
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): UK-C0017
Acknowledgements: This publication is based on work supported by Award No. UK-C0017, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and by the TGE RMN THC Fr3050.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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