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Controlling the ethylene polymerization parameters in iron pre-catalysts of the type 2-[1-(2,4-dibenzhydryl-6-methylphenylimino)ethyl]-6-[1-(arylimino)ethyl] pyridyliron dichloride

Authors
Journal
Polymer
0032-3861
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
53
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2011.11.024
Keywords
  • Ethylene Polymerization
  • Linear Polyethylene
  • Iron Pre-Catalysts
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract The ligand series 2-[1-(2,4-dibenzhydryl-6-methylphenylimino)ethyl]-6-[1-(arylimino)ethyl]pyridines and the iron(II) chloride complexes thereof have been synthesized and characterized by elemental and spectroscopic analyses. The molecular structures of C1 and C2, determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, confirmed a pseudo-square-pyramidal geometry at the iron center. Upon treatment with either MAO or MMAO, all iron pre-catalysts possessed good thermo-stability and exhibited high activities [up to 5.22×107gmol−1(Fe)h−1] toward ethylene polymerization, producing highly linear polyethylene products. Optimization of the reaction parameters gave polyethylenes with narrow molecular weight distributions, indicating that single-site active species were formed; the molecular weights of the resultant polyethylenes could also be controlled.

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