Homogeneous α-olefin polymerizations over racemic ethylene-bridged ansa-bis(2-(tert-butyldimethylsiloxy)1-indenyl) and ansa-bis(2-(tert-butyldimethylsiloxy)-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1-indenyl) metallocene dichlorides

Reko Leino, Luttikhedde HJG, P Lehmus, CE Wilen, R Sjoholm, A Lehtonen, JV Seppala, JH Nasman

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    Abstract

    Ethylene and propylene were polymerized over the siloxy-substituted bis(indenyl) ansa-metallocenes, rac-[ethylenebis(2-(tert-butyldimethylsiloxy)indenyl)]zirconium dichloride (1), rac-[ethylenebis(2-(tert-butyldimethylsiloxy)-4,5,6,7-tetrahydroindenyl)]zirconium dichloride (2), and rac[ethylenebis(2-(tert-butyldimethylsiloxy)indenyl)]hafnium dichloride (3), using methylaluminoxane (MAO) and trityl tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate as cocatalysts. Especially complex 1 forms a highly active catalyst precursor for the polymerization of alpha-olefins. Synthesis and characterization of 2 and 3 are described. The 1/MAO and 3/MAO catalyst systems show high polymerization activities at exceptionally low [Al]: [Zr] ratios [(100-250):1]. For both catalysts, extensive chain transfer to aluminum is observed as the predominant chain-transfer mechanism. Preliminary results from copolymerization of ethylene with 1-hexene and 1-hexadecene over 1/MAO indicate a good comonomer response.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)3477–3483
    Number of pages7
    JournalMacromolecules
    Volume30
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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