(nBuCp)2ZrCl2-catalyzed Ethylene-4M1P Copolymerization: Copolymer Backbone Structure, Melt Behavior, and Crystallization

Muhammad Atiqullah, Sagir Adamu, Zuhair O. Malaibari, Mamdouh A. Al-Harthi, Abdul-Hamid M. Emwas

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    Abstract

    The judicious design of methylaluminoxane (MAO) anions expands the scope for developing industrial metallocene catalysts. Therefore, the effects of MAO anion design on the backbone structure, melt behavior, and crystallization of ethylene−4-methyl-1-pentene (E−4M1P) copolymer were investigated. Ethylene was homopolymerized, as well as copolymerized with 4M1P, using (i) MAO anion A (unsupported [MAOCl2]−) premixed with dehydroxylated silica, (nBuCp)2ZrCl2, and Me2SiCl2; and (ii) MAO anion B (Si−O−Me2Si−[MAOCl2]−) supported with (nBuCp)2ZrCl2 on Me2SiCl2-functionalized silica. Unsupported Me2SiCl2, opposite to the supported analogue, acted as a co-chain transfer agent with 4M1P. The modeling of polyethylene melting and crystallization kinetics, including critical crystallite stability, produced insightful results. This study especially illustrates how branched polyethylene can be prepared from ethylene alone using particularly one metallocene-MAO ion pair, and how a compound, that functionalizes silica as well as terminates the chain, can synthesize ethylene−α-olefin copolymers with novel structures. Hence, it unfolds prospective future research niches in polyethyne systhesis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1688-1706
    Number of pages19
    JournalAIChE Journal
    Volume62
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 26 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Biotechnology
    • Environmental Engineering

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