Effect of Zn/Co initial preparation ratio in the activity of double metal cyanide catalysts for propylene oxide and CO2 copolymerization

Maria Pinilla de Dios, Cristina Andrés-Iglesias, Adrián Fernández, Tapio Salmi, José Román Galdámez, Juan García-Serna

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Zn-Co double metal cyanide (DMC) catalysts were prepared by varying the initial amounts of ZnCl2 to analyze the influence of method of preparation on the different copolymerization parameters. Synthesized catalysts were analyzed by different techniques, infrared spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, N2-physisorption and X-ray diffraction to determine whether characteristics affect the catalytic activity. The copolymers were characterized by infrared spectrometry and gel permeation chromatography. Highly active catalyst (2.5 kg polymer/g catalyst) was synthesized, low amounts of cyclic carbonate byproduct were produced (0.4%) with medium crystallinity catalysts and considerable amounts of K+ (0.4–1.0 wt%).

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)280–291
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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