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Aluminoxane co-catalysts for the activation of a bis phenoxyimine titanium (IV) catalyst in the synthesis of disentangled ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene

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posted on 03.12.2015, 13:43 authored by Dario Romano, Efren Andablo-Reyes, Sara Ronca, Sanjay Rastogi
New activation systems for the bis[N-(3-tert-butylsalicylidene)pentafluoroanilinato] Ti (IV) dichloride catalyst (FI) for the synthesis of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) with reduced entanglement density are explored. Together with the well-studied FI catalyst-methylaluminoxane (MAO) catalytic system, different aluminoxanes, namely polymethylaluminoxane-improved performance (PMAO), modified methylaluminoxane type 12 (MMAO12) and type 3A (MMAO3A) have been used. The catalyst activity increases with the addition of a co-catalyst modifier (2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol, BHT). For an example when using MMAO3A as co-catalyst in combination with BHT the catalyst activity increases by tenfold. The synthesized UHMWPEs have been characterized via rheology, differential scanning calorimetry and uniaxial solid-state deformation to evaluate the influence that the different co-catalysts have on the catalyst activation and the entangled state of the polymer. Entanglement density increases when PMAO is used as a co-catalyst influencing the rheological response of the polymer melt and melting kinetics of nascent powder. Mechanical properties increase when MMAO12 is used in place of MMAO3A as co-catalyst. However, the earlier reported mechanical properties of UHMWPE synthesized using the FI/MAO are found to be better than those obtained using the co-catalysts investigated in this study.

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The authors are grateful to Teijin Aramid and Loughborough University for the financial support.

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  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Department

  • Materials

Published in

POLYMER

Volume

74

Pages

76 - 85 (10)

Citation

ROMANO, D. ... et al, 2015. Aluminoxane co-catalysts for the activation of a bis phenoxyimine titanium (IV) catalyst in the synthesis of disentangled ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. Polymer, 74, pp. 76 - 85.

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© Elsevier

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Polymer and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2015.07.039

ISSN

0032-3861

Language

en

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