Ring-Opening of Oxiranes using Taeniolite-Supported Tris(β-Diketonato)Zirconium


  • Yessi Permana 1Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Research Division, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40132, Indonesia
  • Nobuyuki Ichikuni 2Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Chiba University, 1-33 Yayoi, Inage, Chiba 263-8522, Japan
  • Shogo Shimazu 2Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Chiba University, 1-33 Yayoi, Inage, Chiba 263-8522, Japan




A series of tris(β-diketonato)zirconium(IV) complexes was immobilized into a synthetic clay structure of Taeniolite by an ion-exchange method to generate organic/inorganic hybrid compounds. The hybrid compound served as a good catalyst for ring-opening reactions of methyl, ethyl, and dimethyl oxiranes with various alcohols to generate primary alkoxy alcohols in appreciable selectivity. This method describes a technique to immobilize cationic zirconium complexes without losing selectivity.


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