The reaction of titanium chlorosilyl-substituted cyclopentadienyl (Cp) complexes, Ti(η5-C5H3R′SiMe2Cl)Cl3(R′ = H, 1b; SiMe3, 1c), with 1 equiv. of various silsesquioxane trisilanols, R7Si7O9(OH)3(R = iBu, 2a; Ph, 2b), affords either corner-capped Cp derivatives, Ti(η5-C5H3R′SiMe2Cl)(R7Si7O12-κ3O3) (R′ = H, R = iBu, 5a, Ph, 5b; R′ = SiMe3, R = iBu, 7a, Ph, 7b), or cyclopentadienyl–silsesquioxane complexes, Ti(η5-C5H4SiMe2OR7Si7O11-κ2O2)Cl (R′ = H, R = iBu, 6a, Ph, 6b; R′ = SiMe3, R = iBu, 8a, Ph, 8b), depending on the reaction conditions. In any case, upon heating, kinetic products 5 and 7 are transformed into the corresponding thermodynamic products 6 and 8, respectively. The electron-donating ability of the Cp ring is a relevant controlling parameter: a strong π-donor character facilitates the isomerization process. In addition, the nature of the silicon substituents in the silsesquioxane framework, the type of solvent, and the reaction temperature are also factors that significantly affect this process. Cyclopentadienyl–silsesquioxane complexes 6b and 8b are efficient and selective catalysts for epoxidation with aqueous hydrogen peroxide under mild conditions. Such a catalytic efficiency is attributed to the hydrophobic environment generated about the titanium atom by the Cp ring incorporated into the cyclopentadienyl–silsesquioxane ligand.
- Cyclopentadienyl ligands
- Hydrogen peroxide