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Title: Elastomeric polyethylenes accessible via ethylene homo-polymerization using an unsymmetrical α-diimino-nickel catalyst
Authors: Wang, Xinxin
Fan, Linlin
Ma, Yanping
Guo, Cun-Yue
Solan, Gregory A.
Sun, Yang
Sun, Wen-Hua
First Published: 13-Apr-2017
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 2785-2795.
Abstract: Five types of unsymmetrical bis(arylimino)acenaphthenes, 1-[2,4,6-(CHPh2)3C6H2N]-2-(ArN)C2C10H6 (Ar = 2,6-Me2Ph L1, 2,6-Et2Ph L2, 2,6-i-Pr2Ph L3, 2,4,6-Me3Ph L4 and 2,6-Et2-4-MePh L5), each containing a single N-2,4,6-tribenzhydrylphenyl group, have been prepared and fully characterized. The interaction of L1–L5 with (DME)NiBr2 (DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) afforded the corresponding 1 : 1 nickel(II) bromide chelates, LNiBr2 (Ni1–Ni5), in good yield. Distorted tetrahedral geometries are a feature of the X-ray structures of Ni1 and Ni3; broad paramagnetically shifted peaks are seen in the 1H NMR spectra for all the nickel complexes in solution. Upon activation with relatively low amounts of Et2AlCl or Me2AlCl (200–700 equivalents), Ni1–Ni5 exhibited exceptionally high activities for ethylene polymerization (up to 1.07 × 107 g of PE (mol of Ni)−1 h−1), displayed good thermal stability [2.97 × 106 g of PE (mol of Ni)−1 h−1 even at 90 °C] and produced hyperbranched polyethylenes. Dynamic mechanical analysis and stress–strain testing reveal that the polymeric materials possess good elastomeric recovery and high elongation at break, indicating a promising alternative material to thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).
DOI Link: 10.1039/C7PY00434F
ISSN: 1759-9954
eISSN: 1759-9962
Embargo on file until: 13-Apr-2018
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Royal Society of Chemistry. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 12 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above. Crosscheck: This document is CrossCheck deposited related_data: Supplementary Information related_data: Crystal Structure Data identifier: Gregory A. Solan (ORCID) identifier: Wen-Hua Sun (ORCID) identifier: Wen-Hua Sun (ResearcherID) copyright_licence: The Royal Society of Chemistry has an exclusive publication licence for this journal history: Received 14 March 2017; Accepted 5 April 2017; Accepted Manuscript published 5 April 2017; Advance Article published 13 April 2017
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