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Polymers 2017, 9(6), 185; doi:10.3390/polym9060185

Polyolefins, a Success Story

Université de Lyon, Univ Lyon 1, CPE Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5265, C2P2 (Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymers & Processes), Bat. 308F, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69616 Villeurbanne, France
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Academic Editor: Zhibin Ye
Received: 21 April 2017 / Revised: 19 May 2017 / Accepted: 21 May 2017 / Published: 24 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tailored Polymer Synthesis by Advanced Polymerization Techniques)
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This paper reports the principal discoveries which have played a major role in the polyolefin field and have positioned polyolefins as the most produced plastics. The early development of polyolefins covering the production of LDPE (Low density polyethylene) at ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) and the discovery of Phillips or Ziegler-Natta catalysts are highlighted in the first section. In the second part, the impact of the implementation of molecular catalysts on the research in polyolefins is discussed together with the most recent advances leading to high-performance tailor-made resins. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyolefins; coordination catalysis; specialty polymers; high-performance resins; macromolecular engineering; tailor-made polymers; history of science polyolefins; coordination catalysis; specialty polymers; high-performance resins; macromolecular engineering; tailor-made polymers; history of science

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Sauter, D.W.; Taoufik, M.; Boisson, C. Polyolefins, a Success Story. Polymers 2017, 9, 185.

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