Half-titanocene complexes bearing bulky dibenzhydryl-substituted aryloxide ligand: Syntheses, characterization, and ethylene (Co-)polymerization behaviors

Bo Dong, Hexin Zhang, Hua Li, Heng Liu, Jun Guo, Chunyu Zhang, Xu Zhang, Yanming Hu, Guangping Sun, Xuequan Zhang

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Abstract

Three half-titanocene complexes 2a-3a bearing dibenzhydryl-substituted aryloxide ligands CpTiCl2(O-2,6-Ph2[Formula presented]6H2-4-Me), 2a; CpTiCl2 (O-2,6-Ph2[Formula presented]6H2-4-OMe), 2b; Cp*TiCl2(O-2,6-Ph2[Formula presented]6H2-4-Me), 3a were synthesized. All the complexes were characterized by NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The molecular structures of complex 2a and 2b were further determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, both of them adopt a three-legged distorted tetrahedral geometry in which the aryl substituents are orthogonally to the aryloxide group. Activated by methylaluminoxane (MAO), these complexes showed high activities (up to 2100 kg mol−1 (Ti) h−1) for ethylene polymerization. The resultant polyethylenes had high molecular weight and narrow molecular weight distributions. Furthermore, for the ethylene/1-hexene copolymerization, these complexes exhibited moderate activites and moderate to high 1-hexene incorporation ability. The sequence distributions of poly (ethylene-co-1-hexene)s are greatly influenced by the substituent on the cyclopentadineyl group of titanium complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-193
Number of pages6
JournalPolymer
Volume100
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 25 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Basic Research Program of China , Grant No. 2015CB654700 ( 2015CB674702 ) and the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. U1462124 ).

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Bulky aryloxide
  • Copolymerization
  • Ethylene polymerization
  • Half-titanocene complexes

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