Bis(Pentafluorophenyl) (2-perfluorobiphenylyl)borane. A new perfluoroarylborane cocatalyst for single-site olefin polymerization

Liting Li, Charlotte L. Stern, Tobin J Marks

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Bis(pentafluorophenyl)(2-perfluorobiphenylyl)borane, (C6F5)2B(C12F9) (BPB), has been synthesized and characterized to serve as a new strong organo-Lewis acid cocatalyst for single-site olefin polymerization. BPB efficiently activates a variety of group 4 dimethyl complexes to form highly active homogeneous Ziegler-Natta olefin polymerization catalysts. Reaction of BPB with Cp2ZrMe2, rac-Me2Si(Ind)2ZrMe2) and (CGC)MMe2 (M = Zr, Ti; CGC = Me2Si(n5Me4C5)(tBuN)) (1:1 molar ratio) rapidly and cleanly produces the base-free cationic complexes Cp2ZrMe+[MeB(C12F9)(C 6F5)2]- (1), rac-Me2Si(Ind)2ZrMe+[MeB(C12F 9)(C6F5)2]- (2), and (CGC)MMe+[MeB(C12F9)(C6F 5)2]- (M = Zr, 3; M = Ti, 4), respectively. These complexes have been characterized by NMR and elemental analysis and are shown to be competent for ethylene and propylene polymerization. In general, BPB-derived catalysts exhibit polymerization activities comparable to or higher than those of the B(C6F5)3-derived analogues, with the products exhibiting higher molecular weights but comparable polydispersities, polypropylene isotacticities, and, for ethylene + 1-hexene, comonomer incorporation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3332-3337
Number of pages6
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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