Ligand-Unsymmetrical Phenoxyiminato Dinickel Catalyst for High Molecular Weight Long-Chain Branched Polyethylenes

Dongxu Shu, Aidan R. Mouat, Casey J. Stephenson, Anna M. Invergo, Massimiliano Delferro, Tobin J Marks

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An unsymmetrical bimetallic catalyst, (CF3/SO2)FI2-Ni2, having a CF3-functionalized phenoxyiminato Ni(II) center, which produces linear high-Mw polyolefin (CF3/Ni) joined to an adjacent SO2-functionalized phenoxyiminato Ni(II) center, which produces highly branched low-Mw polyolefin (SO2/Ni), was synthesized and fully characterized. In ethylene homopolymerizations, (CF3/SO2)FI2-Ni2 affords monomodal (D = 1.7), highly, long-chain branched (69 branches/1000 C) polyethylenes with Mw = 24 kg/mol. In contrast, bimetallic (CF3)FI2-Ni2 and (SO2)FI2-Ni2 produce high-Mw (25 kg/mol) exclusively methyl-branched (40 branches/1000 C) and low-Mw (4.5 kg/mol) highly branched (105 branches/1000 C) polyethylenes, respectively, while tandem monometallic (CF3)FI-Ni + (SO2)FI-Ni catalyst mixtures yield a bimodal polyolefin mixture (D = 6.4).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1301
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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