New Reactive Polyolefins Containing p-Methylstyrene; Ranging from Semicrystalline Thermoplastics to Amorphous Elastomers

H. L. Lu, T. C. Chung

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Abstract

This paper describes a new class of reactive polyolefins, containing reactive p-methylstyrene (p-MS) groups. The chemistry involves the copolymerization reactions between ethylene and p-MS and terpolymerization of ethylene p-MS and 1-octene in the presence of homogeneous metallocene catalyst systems. Three catalyst systems, i.e. Cp2ZrCl2MAO (I), Et(Ind)2ZrCl2/MAO (II) and [C5Me4(SiMe2Nt-Bu)]TiCl2/MAO (III) were studied in the copolymerization reactions. p-MS-containing polyethylene copolymers with a broad range of compositions (from semi-crystalline thermoplastic, thermoplastic elastomer to completely amorphous elastomer) and narrow composition and molecular weight distribution were synthesized. Catalyst III was also studied in the terpolymerization of ethylene, 1-octene and p-MS to produce p-MS-containing polyolefin elastomers. A new class of polyolefin elastomers, containing reactive p-MS groups, with a broad composition and glass transition temperature (Tg) ranges, high molecular weight and narrow molecular weight and composition distributions were achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalACS Symposium Series
Volume704
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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