Synthesis, characterization and ethylene oligomerization behaviour of 8-(1-aryliminoethylidene)quinaldinylnickel dihalides

Shengju Song, Tianpengfei Xiao, Tongling Liang, Fosong Wang, Carl Redshaw, Wen-Hua Sun

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A series of 8-(1-aryliminoethylidene)quinaldines and the nickel halides thereof were synthesized and characterized, and the molecular structures of two representative nickel complexes were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Upon treatment with diethylaluminium chloride (Et2AlCl), the nickel pro-catalysts exhibited high activity for ethylene oligomerization (1.24–1.83 × 106 g mol-1(Ni) h-1) with good thermal stability at 60 °C under 10 atm of ethylene. The influence of the reaction parameters on the catalytic behaviour was investigated for these nickel-based systems, including variation of Al/Ni molar ratio and reaction temperature. Furthermore, the effect of the ancillary ligand Ph3P was also probed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Science & Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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