Synthesis and characterization of trichlorotitanium 2-(2-pyridinyliminomethyl)phenolates and their ethylene (co-)polymerization behavior

Youhong Wang, Wenjuan Zhang, Wei Huang, Lin Wang, Carl Redshaw, Wen-Hua Sun

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The series of trichlorotitanium 2-(2-pyridinyliminomethyl)phenolates, [4,6-tBu2C6H2O-2–CHNC5R1–4N]TiCl3 (R1–4 = H (1); R1,3,4 = H, R2 = Me (2); R1,2,4 = H, R3 = Me (3); R2,4 = H, R1,3 = Me (4); R1,3 = H, R2 = CF3, R4 = Cl (5)), were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and 1H/13C NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures of the representative complexes 2 and 4 were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and revealed distorted octahedral geometry at titanium. In the presence of MAO, all titanium pro-catalysts showed good activities for ethylene polymerization with good thermal stability at the optimum temperature of 50 °C. In comparison with the ethylene polymerization results, the activity observed for the co-polymerization of ethylene/1-hexene was far lower, but the polymers produced were of high molecular weight. For the co-polymerization of ethylene/1-octene, enhanced catalytic activity was observed, with 1-octene incorporation of up to 3.83 mol%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3732–3737
Number of pages6
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2011

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