Ethylene Polymerization Using a Zirconium Amidinate Supported Catalyst
Young, Andrea Elise
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A series of W. R. Grace Davison IOLA(TM), methylaluminoxane-silica (MAO/Silica) and MAO/IOLA support materials were used to activate and immobilize a zirconium amidinate single site catalyst of the formula Cp*ZrMe2[tBuNC(Me)NCEt]. Ethylene homo-polymerizations and co-polymerizations with 1-hexene were conducted in heptane and compared. The catalysts activity was investigated under varying condition such as pre-catalyst loading, pressure, temperature, co-monomer incorporation and additives. The catalyst supported on the MAO/IOLA B support material proved to be more active than the IOLA and m-IOLA support activators, and the MAO/Silica and MAO/IOLA A support materials. A difference in activity of as much as 1015 gPE/gcat.h-1 was noted. The catalyst sensitivity to varying ethylene polymerization conditions such as temperature and pressure were investigated for the MAO/IOLA B supported catalyst. Catalyst activities of more than 2100 gPE/gcat.h-1 were achieved. Homo-polymer and co-polymer samples were characterized and compared with respect to their melting temperature, molecular weights and polydispersities.