Japan Polypropylene Corporation Polymerization Technical Center

Yokkaichi, Japan

Japan Polypropylene Corporation Polymerization Technical Center

Yokkaichi, Japan
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Nishii K.,National Institute of Technology,Oyama College | Murase M.,Japan Polypropylene Corporation Polymerization Technical Center | Shiono T.,Hiroshima University
Molecules | Year: 2017

Propene polymerization with isotactic (iso)-specific C2-symmetric rac-Me2Si(2-Me-Benz(e)- Ind)2ZrCl2 (1) and rac-Me2Si(2-Me-4-Ph-1-Ind)C2ZrCl2 (2) were conducted under various conditions for achieving iso-specific living polymerization of propene. When Complex 1 was activated with trialkylaluminum-free modified methylaluminoxane (dMMAO) at -40 °C, the number-average molecular weight (Mn) linearly increased against the polymerization time to reach Mn = 704,000 within 15 min of polymerization, although the molecular weight distributions was broad (Mw/Mn < 3). Thus, it was found that quasi-living polymerization of propene proceeded in the 1-dMMAO system. The living nature of iso-polypropene was confirmed by the block copolymerization, where the Mn value increased from 221,000 to 382,000 after the addition of 1-octene to yield the block copolymer with a melting point of 150 °C. © 2017 by the authors.

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