Alkenylsilane effects on organotitanium-catalyzed ethylene polymerization. Toward simultaneous polyolefin branch and functional group introduction

Smruti B. Amin, Tobin J Marks

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Abstract

The comonomer 5-hexenylsilane is introduced into organotitanium-mediated ethylene polymerizations to produce silane-terminated ethylene/5-hexenylsilane copolymers. The resulting polymers were characterized by 1H and 13C NMR, GPC, and DSC. High activities (up to 107 g polymer/(mol Ti·atm ethylene·h)) and narrow polydispersities are observed in the polymerization/chain transfer process. Ethylene/5-hexenylsilane copolymer molecular weights are found to be inversely proportional to 5-hexenylsilane concentration, supporting a silanolytic chain transfer mechanism. Control experiments indicate that chain transfer mechanism by 5-hexenylsilane is significantly more efficient than that of n-hexylsilane for organotitanium-mediated ethylene polymerization. The present study represents the first case in which a functionalized comonomer is efficiently used to effect both propagation and chain transfer chemistry during olefin polymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4506-4507
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume128
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 12 2006

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Polyolefins
Polymerization
Functional groups
Ethylene
Polymers
Copolymers
Silanes
Polydispersity
Alkenes
Olefins
Molecular Weight
Molecular weight
Nuclear magnetic resonance
PL 732
ethylene
Experiments

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