|Title||Titanium amidate complexes as active catalysts for the synthesis of high molecular weight polyethylene|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Horrillo-Martinez, P, Leitch, DC, Ryken, SA, Thomson, RK, J. Beard, D, Patrick, BO, Schafer, LL, Giesbrecht, GR|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Chemistry|
A series of titanium and zirconium bis(amidate) complexes of the type L2MX2, where L is an amidate ligand, and X is either -NMe2 or -Cl, were prepared in 60%-83% yield and fully characterized. Multiple binding motifs are observed as the amidate ligand can bind in kappa(1)- and kappa(2)-modes. These complexes were then subjected to screening the catalytic polymerization of ethylene. All catalysts, after reaction with suitable co-catalyst, were functional for ethylene polymerization, though not for the copolymerization of ethylene and longer linear 1-alkenes. Polyethylene was formed in the range of 1000-4000 kDa, and with PDI values as low as 1.3. These long polymeric chains are considered as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).