Organo-Lewis Acid as Cocatalyst for Cationic Homogeneous Ziegler-Natta Olefin Polymerizations

Tobin Marks (Inventor)

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Co-catalyst for Olefin Polymerization NU 1995-059 Inventor Tobin Marks You-Xian Eugene Chen Short Description Innovative co-catalyst for olefin polymerization reduces the overall amount of catalysts used and increases control over the type of olefin polymers obtained #chemical #catalyst Abstract Northwestern researchers have discovered a family of organo-Lewis acids as powerful co-catalysts for olefin polymerization. Polyolefins are ubiquitous in all phases of commerce. However, catalyzing reactions for their production demands constant improvement in selectivity, yield and cost of manufacture. Often catalysts have to be used in high excess to show preference towards a particular olefin monomer, or the reactions results in polyolefin mixtures that are difficult to separate. The novel catalysis offered here advance previously catalyst performance by incorporation of organo-Lewis acids (like perfluorobiphenylborane), which reduce catalyst requirements and provide improved control over the types of polyolefin produced. With these superior properties, organo-Lewis acid catalysts stand to revolutionize the field of industrial polyolefin production. Applications o Catalysis Advantages o Reduces the need for excess co-catalyst o Increases control over reaction products Publications Chen Y-X, Stern CL, Yang S, Marks TJ. Organo-Lewis Acids as Cocatalysts in Cationic Metallocene Polymerization Catalysis. Unusual Characteristics of Sterically Encumbered Tris(perfluorobiphenyl)borane (1996). J. Am. Chem. Soc. 118: 12451-12452. Chen EYX, Marks TJ. Cocatalysts for Metal-Catalyzed Olefin Polymerization: Activators, Activation Processes, and Structure-Activity Relationships (2000). Chem. Rev. 100: 1391-1434. IP Status Issued US patents 6,291,695; 5,856,256; 6,274,752; 6,403,733; 6,403,432; 6,078,460. Marketing Contact Allan Nader, PhD Invention Manager (e) (p) 847.491.4456 Tags CHEMICAL: catalyst
Original languageEnglish
Patent number6403733
StatePublished - Jan 24 2002


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