Titanium ethoxide

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Titanium ethoxide
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Abbreviated structure of titanium(IV) ethoxide tetramer. The ethoxide ligands are represented by O's. The terminal ethoxide ligands are designated by Oa, the doubly bridging ligands by Ob, and the triply bridging ligands by Oc.
IUPAC name
Titanium ethoxide
Other names
Ethyl titanate, tetraethyl titanate
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 221-410-8
PubChem CID
  • InChI=1S/4C2H5O.Ti/c4*1-2-3;/h4*2H2,1H3;/q4*-1;+4
  • CC[O-].CC[O-].CC[O-].CC[O-].[Ti+4]
Molar mass 228.109 g/mol
Appearancecolorless liquid
Density 1.088
Melting point 54 °C (129 °F; 327 K)[ original research? ]
Boiling point 150–152 °C (302–306 °F; 423–425 K) (@10 mmHg)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Titanium ethoxide is a chemical compound with the formula Ti4(OCH2CH3)16. It is a commercially available colorless liquid that is soluble in organic solvents but hydrolyzes readily. Its structure is more complex than suggested by its empirical formula. Like other alkoxides of titanium(IV) and zirconium(IV), it finds used in organic synthesis and materials science. [1]



Titanium ethoxide is prepared by treating titanium tetrachloride with ethanol in the presence of an amine: [2]

TiCl4 + 4 EtOH + 4 Et3N → Ti(OEt)4 + 4 Et3NHCl

The purity of titanium ethoxide is commonly assayed by proton NMR spectroscopy. Ti(OEt)4 1H NMR (90 MHz, chloroform-d, ppm): 4.36 (quartet, 8H, CH2), 1.27 (triplet, 12H, CH3). [3]


Both Ti(OEt)4 exist mainly as tetramers with an octahedral coordination environment around the metal centers. There are two types of titanium centers, depending on the number of terminal vs bridging alkoxide ligands. Zr(OEt)4 is structurally similar. [2] [4] The virtual symmetry of the M4O16 core structure for the tetramer structures of these compounds is C2h. [5]

Titanium methoxide

Like the ethoxide, titanium methoxide Ti(OMe)4 exists as a tetramer with each of the TiIV metal centers having an octahedral coordination environment. [6]

Titanium isopropoxide

With bulky alkyl groups, Ti(OiPr)4 in contrast exist as a monomer with a tetrahedral environment around the Ti center. This lower degree of coordination to the metal center is attributed to the steric bulk of the iPr groups versus the n-alkyl groups, this serves to prevent bridging interactions between the metal centers. [7]

Zirconium ethoxide

Zirconium ethoxide can be prepared in a manner similar but not identical to the titanium compound: [8]

ZrCl4 + 5 NaOEt + EtOH → NaH[Zr(OEt)6] + 4 NaCl
NaH[Zr(OEt)6] + HCl → Zr(OEt)4 + NaCl + 2 EtOH

A more common synthesis for zirconium ethoxide is to treat zirconium tetrachloride with the desired alcohol and ammonia: [8]

ZrCl4 + 4 ROH + 4 NH3 → Zr(OR)4 + 4 NH4Cl

Zirconium ethoxide can also be prepared with zirconocene dichloride: [9]

Cp2ZrCl2 + 4 EtOH + 2 Et3N → 2 CpH + 2 Et3NHCl + Zr(OEt)4

Zirconium propoxide

Zr(OnPr)4 also adopts the titanium ethoxide structure. [4] [5]


Hydrolysis of Ti alkoxides can be used to deposit TiO2: [10]

Ti(OEt)4 + 2 H2O → TiO2 + 4 EtOH

The course of the hydrolysis is affected by the presence of base or acid catalysts for the hydrolysis. Generally acid-catalysis yields a sol where the polymer chains are randomly oriented and linear. In the base-mediated case bushy clusters or crosslinked networks are produced, these structures can trap solvent and reaction byproducts and form a gel coating. [11] Intermediates in the hydrolysis have been crystallized. They feature interior oxides in addition to the ethoxide on the exterior of the clusters. [12]

The high reactivity of titanium ethoxide toward water is exploited in its use in condensation reactions. [13]

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Transition metal alkoxide complex</span> Conjugate base of an alcohol

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Titanium tetrachloride</span> Inorganic chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Titanocene dichloride</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zirconium(IV) chloride</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Borohydride</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Organotitanium chemistry</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Organozirconium and organohafnium chemistry</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sodium cyclopentadienide</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Niobium(IV) chloride</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Niobium(V) ethoxide</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tantalum(V) ethoxide</span> Chemical compound

Tantalum(V) ethoxide is a metalorganic compound with formula Ta2(OC2H5)10, often abbreviated as Ta2(OEt)10. It is a colorless solid that dissolves in some organic solvents but hydrolyzes readily. It is used to prepare films of tantalum(V) oxide.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">(Cyclopentadienyl)titanium trichloride</span> Chemical compound

(Cyclopentadienyl)titanium trichloride is an organotitanium compound with the formula (C5H5)TiCl3. It is a moisture sensitive orange solid. The compound adopts a piano stool geometry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hafnocene dichloride</span> Chemical compound

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zirconium(III) bromide</span> Chemical compound

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