Preparation of Half- and Post-Metallocene Hafnium Complexes with Tetrahydroquinoline and Tetrahydrophenanthroline Frameworks for Olefin Polymerization.

Author(s) Baek, J.Won; Kwon, S.Jin; Lee, H.Ju; Kim, T.Jin; Ryu, J.Yeon; Lee, J.; Shin, E.Ji; Lee, K.Soo; Lee, B.Yeoul
Journal Polymers (Basel)
Date Published 2019 Jun 27

Hafnium complexes have drawn attention for their application as post-metallocene catalysts with unique performance in olefin polymerization. In this work, a series of half-metallocene HfMe complexes, bearing a tetrahydroquinoline framework, as well as a series of [N,N,C]HfMe-type post-metallocene complexes, bearing a tetrahydrophenanthroline framework, were prepared; the structures of the prepared Hf complexes were unambiguously confirmed by X-ray crystallography. When the prepared complexes were reacted with anhydrous [(CH)N(H)Me][B(CF)], desired ion-pair complexes, in which (CH)NMe coordinated to the Hf center, were cleanly afforded. The activated complexes generated from the half-metallocene complexes were inactive for the copolymerization of ethylene/propylene, while those generated from post-metallocene complexes were active. Complex bearing bulky isopropyl substituents () exhibited the highest activity. However, the activity was approximately half that of the prototype pyridylamido-Hf Dow catalyst. The comonomer incorporation capability was also inferior to that of the pyridylamido-Hf Dow catalyst. However, performed well in the coordinative chain transfer polymerization performed in the presence of (octyl)Zn, converting all the fed (octyl)Zn to (polyolefinyl)Zn with controlled lengths of the polyolefinyl chain.

DOI 10.3390/polym11071093
ISSN 2073-4360
Citation Polymers (Basel). 2019;11(7).

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