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Polymers 2016, 8(2), 31; doi:10.3390/polym8020031

Highly Active and Isospecific Styrene Polymerization Catalyzed by Zirconium Complexes Bearing Aryl-substituted [OSSO]-Type Bis(phenolate) Ligands

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 255 Shimo-okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama 338-8570, Japan
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Received: 17 December 2015 / Revised: 13 January 2016 / Accepted: 20 January 2016 / Published: 26 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal-Mediated Polymer Synthesis)
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Abstract

[OSSO]-type dibenzyl zirconium(IV) complexes 9 and 10 possessing aryl substituents ortho to the phenoxide moieties (ortho substituents, phenyl and 2,6-dimethylphenyl (Dmp)) were synthesized and characterized. Upon activation with dMAO (dried methylaluminoxane), complex 9 was found to promote highly isospecific styrene polymerizations ([mm] = 97.5%–99%) with high molecular weights Mw up to 181,000 g·mmol−1. When the Dmp-substituted pre-catalyst 10/dMAO system was used, the highest activity, over 7700 g·mmol(10)−1·h−1, was recorded involving the formation of precisely isospecific polystyrenes of [mm] more than 99%. View Full-Text
Keywords: zirconium; post-metallocene; styrene polymerization; [OSSO]-type ligand; isotactic zirconium; post-metallocene; styrene polymerization; [OSSO]-type ligand; isotactic
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Nakata, N.; Toda, T.; Saito, Y.; Watanabe, T.; Ishii, A. Highly Active and Isospecific Styrene Polymerization Catalyzed by Zirconium Complexes Bearing Aryl-substituted [OSSO]-Type Bis(phenolate) Ligands. Polymers 2016, 8, 31.

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