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Synthesis, structure and methyl methacrylate polymerisation activity of a mixed pi-ferrocene pi-toluene complex of potassium tris(hexamethyldisilazide)magnesiate

Honeyman, G.W. and Kennedy, A.R. and Mulvey, R.E. and Sherrington, D.C. (2004) Synthesis, structure and methyl methacrylate polymerisation activity of a mixed pi-ferrocene pi-toluene complex of potassium tris(hexamethyldisilazide)magnesiate. Organometallics, 23 (6). pp. 1197-1199. ISSN 0276-7333

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Abstract

Treating a toluene solution of mixed potassium-magnesium tris(hexamethyldisilazide) with ferrocene yields a surprising complex exhibiting simultaneous arene and metallocene -coordination of K+, which when prepared in situ initiates the polymerization of MMA to give syndio-rich PMMA.