Special Issue "Well-Defined Metal Complex Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019
Dr. Giovanni Ricci
CNR-Istituto per lo Studio delle Macromolecole (ISMAC), Via A. Corti 12, I-20133 Milano, Italy
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Interests: organometallic chemistry; transition metals; lanthanides; stereospecific polymerization; olefins/cycloolefins/conjugated diolefins; polydienes; polybutadiene; diene polymerization mechanism
Starting in the 2000s, a new generation of catalysts based on well-defined transition metal and lanthanide complexes with different ligands containing N and/or P and/or O as donor atoms began to be introduced. These new catalytic systems proved to be extremely active and able to exert precise control of the regio- and stereo-selectivity in the homo- and co-polymerization of olefins, cycloolefins, and conjugated diolefins, providing polymers with different structures and properties.
The objective of this Special Issue is to report on the most recent results obtained in this field, in particular as regards: i) the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic complexes for the stereospecific polymerization of olefins, cycloolefins, and conjugated diolefins; ii) the elucidation of the fundamental role played by the ligand’s nature in determining the polymerization regio- and stereoselectivity, in controlling the molecular weight and molecular weight distribution, and in conferring in some cases a living character to the catalyst itself.
All researchers working in this field are warmly invited to join this initiative by sending their contributions.
Dr. Giovanni Ricci
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- organometallic complexes
- transition metals
- stereospecific polymerization
- conjugated diolefins
- polymerization mechanism