Organolanthanide-Mediated Silanolytic Chain Transfer Processes. Scope and Mechanism of Single Reactor Catalytic Routes to Silapolyolefins

Kwangmo Koo, Peng Fei Fu, Tobin J Marks

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This paper reports efficient and selective silanolytic (PhSiH3, n-BuSiH3, C6H5CH2SiH3) chain transfer in organolanthanide-catalyzed homogeneous ethylene polymerization and ethylene copolymerization with several α-olefins. The result is a series of silyl-capped polyolefins which have been characterized by 1H/13C NMR and IR spectroscopy as well as by GPC. In [(Me5C5)2LnH]2/[Me 2Si(Me4C5)2-LnH] 2-mediated ethylene homopolymerization and ethylene copolymerization, both primary arylsilanes (PhSiH3) and alkylsilanes (n-BuSiH3, C6H5CH2SiH3) function as efficient chain-transfer agents. In the case of ethylene polymerization mediated by [(Me5C5)2SmH]2, the mechanism of chain transfer is supported by the observation that Mn of the capped polyethylenes formed at constant [catalyst], [PhSiH3], [ethylene] is inversely proportional to [PhSiH3]. Using silane-activated Me2Si(Me4C5)2LnCH(SiMe 3)2 precatalysts, this chain-transfer process also efficiently produces silyl-endcapped ethylene + 1-hexene copolymers and ethylene + styrene copolymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-988
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecules
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 23 1999

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Ethylene
Copolymerization
Polyethylenes
Copolymers
Polymerization
Silanes
ethylene
Polyolefins
Alkenes
Homopolymerization
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Olefins
Styrene
Infrared spectroscopy
Catalysts

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Organolanthanide-Mediated Silanolytic Chain Transfer Processes. Scope and Mechanism of Single Reactor Catalytic Routes to Silapolyolefins. / Koo, Kwangmo; Fu, Peng Fei; Marks, Tobin J.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 32, No. 4, 23.02.1999, p. 981-988.

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