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The prior 15 years have witnessed large advances within the layout and use of organometallic complexes as precatalysts for olefin polymerization. so much lately, an severe seek has been began in next-generation single-site catalysts. New ways were taken to ligand layout.

This learn has yielded awesome effects comparable to catalysts with actions as excessive or greater than these of traditional metallocenes, stereospecific and dwelling polymerizations, and outstanding new polymer constructions resembling highly-branched ethylene homopolymers.

This quantity provides the various fresh disclosures during this intriguing and speedily increasing box, that includes papers through the various best investigators.

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X-ray studies of 1 (19) showed that the central Zr atom is octahedral surrounded by the two benzamidinate ligands and two terminal methyl groups (Figure 1). One C atom from the C H group (C(l)) and nitrogen atom of a chelate unit are in the axial positions, while the C(2) atom and the remaining nitrogen atoms occupy the equatorial positions, producing a C -symmetry complex. The two four-membering rings Z r C N are almost symmetric and perpendicular to each other. X-ray of the complex 2 shows that it is isostructural with the complex 1.

24 polymerization. A n attractive future goal is to incorporate these Cp surrogates into complexes with geometries which have shown to form both highly active and stereoselective catalysts. symmetry complexes 2. ch002 2 Acknowledgements This work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Dow Chemical Company. References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. ; Eds Metallocenes, V o l 1,2. Wiley, New York, N Y , 1998. ; Waymouth, R . M . Angew. Chem. Int. Ed,; Engl. 1995, 34, 1143. ; Eds. Ziegler Catalysts, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 1995.

The rate correlation of the epimerization with the insertion influences the amount of the isotactic domains between the stereodefects. ch004 3 3 3 Conclusion The presented data indicate that octahedral cationic complexes with C -symmetry activated with methylalumoxane catalyze the polymerization of propylene towards isotactic polypropylene, whereas tetrahedral complexes with C -symmetry lead to formation of an atactic polymer. The rapid interconversion of these two structures results in formation of elastomeric polypropylene.

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