Since the Nobel Prize winning discovery made by Ziegler and Natta, transition-metal-catalyzed olefin polymerization has enjoyed great success in both industry. Olefin Polymerization. PE can be made by radical polymerization or metal-catalyzed polymerization; for PP, only the metal-catalyzed route works. The "classical" catalyst for both is the heterogeneous Ziegler-Natta catalyst (TiCl3, possibly on a support, activated with Al alkyls). More than 50 years have passed since Ziegler and Natta shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of olefin polymerization.


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Linear unbranched polyethylene and stereoregulated polypropylene could not be fabricated by free radical polymerization.


This technique largely limited the potential applications of these polymeric materials. Olefin polymerization radical polymerization of propylene using traditional method.


The invention olefin polymerization ZN catalyst successfully addressed these two problems. Moreover, it makes the fabrication of polymers with specific tacticity possible.

By controlling the stereochemistry of products, either syndiotactic or isotactic polymers can be achieved.

Olefin Polymerization with Ziegler-Natta Catalyst

The titanium chloride compound has a crystal structure in which each Ti atom is coordinated to 6 chlorine atoms. On the crystal surface, olefin polymerization Ti atom is surrounded by 5 chlorine atoms with one empty orbital to be filled.

olefin polymerization When Et3Al comes in, it donates an ethyl group to Ti atom and the Al atom is coordinated to one of the chlorine atoms. Meanwhile, olefin polymerization chlorine atom from titanium is kicked out during this process.

Olefin Polymerization

Thus, the olefin polymerization system still has an empty orbital Figure 5. The catalyst is activated by the coordination of AlEt3 to Ti atom. Initiation step The polymerization reaction is initiated by forming alkene-metal complex.

When a vinyl monomer like propylene comes to the active metal center, it can olefin polymerization coordinated to Ti atom by overlapping their orbitals. Olefin polymerization general, the degree of tacticity decreases with increasing temperature.

Regulation of the average molecular weight is of great importance in the polymerization of olefins because the mechanical and viscoelastic properties depend on the molecular weight.

For example, an iso- or syndiotactic polypropylene of high molecular weight olefin polymerization difficult to process in the melt state due to its high viscosity whereas a high molecular weight is a lesser problem for atactic polypropylene. In fact, a high molecular weight is often required to achieve similar high tensile strength and low creep properties.

Compounds with a partial ionic character such as metal-alkyls are often very effective in lowering the molecular weight of polyolefins.

History[ edit ] The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to German Karl Zieglerolefin polymerization his discovery of first titanium-based catalysts, and Italian Giulio Nattafor using them to prepare stereoregular polymers from propylene. Ziegler—Natta catalysts have been used in the commercial manufacture of various olefin polymerization since As ofthe total volume of plastics, elastomers, and rubbers produced from alkenes with these and related especially Phillips catalysts worldwide exceeds million tonnes.

Polymers | Special Issue : Olefin Polymerization and Polyolefin

Together, these polymers represent the largest-volume commodity plastics as well as the largest-volume commodity chemicals in the world. We now know that chain growth follows a migratory insertion path originally proposed by Cossee and Arlman with later modification by Green and Rooneythat the dominant chain termination mechanism is usually chain transfer to monomer, and olefin polymerization stereocontrol one of the key issues olefin polymerization PP generally follows the "ligand orients chain, chain orients monomer" sequence first suggested by Corradini.


Even for homogeneous catalysts, there are still many issues that are not yet fully understood: Despite a quarter century of intense academic olefin polymerization industrial research, the olefin polymerization of MAO is still largly unknown.

These catalysts have good activity and remarkable tunability via olefin polymerization changes in the pre-catalyst complex.

For example, the chiral active site of the Kaminsky-Brintzinger catalyst system Kaminsky, W. Cationic homogeneous catalysts with weakly coordinating anions were first described by Richard Jordan Jordan, R.