A series of bis(peralkylindenyl)zirconocene and hafnocene complexes were synthesised and characterised by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and elemental analyses.


We report the synthesis of two zirconocenes, dimethylsilylbis(hexamethylindenyl) zirconium dichloride, rac-(SBI*)ZrCl2, and nbutyldimethylsilyl(hexamethylindenyl) zirconium trichloride, [(Ind*SiMe2nBu)Zr(μ-Cl)Cl2]2. The complexes were characterised by NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, and the bonding was evaluated using density functional theory. 


Recent publications:

Synthesis and Characterisation of Permethylindenyl zircononium Complexes and their use in ethylene polymerisation, J.-C. Buffet, T.A. Q. Arnold, P. Angpanitcharoen, Z. R. Turner, RSC Adv., (2015), 5, 87456-87464.

Synthesis, Characterisation, and Polymerisation Studies of Hexamethylindenyl Zirconocenes and Hafnocenes, T.A.Q. Arnold, J.-C. Buffet, Z.R. Turner and D. O’Hare, J. Organomet. Chem., (2015), 792, 55-56.