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Unraveling the mechanism of polymerisation with the Phillips catalyst


McGuinness, DS and Davies, NW and Horne, HJ and Ivanov, I, Unraveling the mechanism of polymerisation with the Phillips catalyst, Organometallics, 29, (22) pp. 6111-6116. ISSN 0276-7333 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1021/om100883n


The mechanism of polymer chain growth at the Phillips catalyst has been studied, with the three prevailing mechanistic proposals, the Cosee−Arlman, Green−Rooney, and metallacycle mechanisms, considered. Through analysis of low molecular weight oligomers/polymers formed during ethylene/-olefin copolymerization with labeled monomers, it is shown that the isotopomer distribution is inconsistent with a metallacycle mechanism. Further analysis of polymer formed by copolymerization of labeled ethylene was used to rule out a Green−Rooney mechanism. The results support the notion of chain growth via a Cossee−Arlman process.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Inorganic chemistry
Research Field:Transition metal chemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:McGuinness, DS (Dr David McGuinness)
UTAS Author:Davies, NW (Associate Professor Noel Davies)
UTAS Author:Horne, HJ (Dr James Horne)
ID Code:67272
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2011-03-02
Last Modified:2011-08-17
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