Toward the bimodality of polyethylene, initiated with a mixture of a Ziegler-Natta and a metallocene/MAO catalyst system

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Author list: Lopez-Linares F, Barrios AD, Ortega H, Matos JO, Joskowicz P, Agrifoglio G
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2000
Volume number: 159
Issue number: 2
Start page: 269
End page: 272
Number of pages: 4
ISSN: 1381-1169
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Polymerization of ethylene catalyzed by a mixture of a Ziegler-Natta (Z-N) and a metallocene system cocatalyzed with methylaluminoxane (MAO) were carried out in a single reactor. The Z-N catalyst can be activated in the presence of MAO, without any addition of a conventional Z-N activator. The activities of the mixture Z-N with Cp2MCl2 (M = Ti,Zr,Hf) (1,2,3) or CpZrCl3 (4) were lower than the obtained with the mixture Z-N and en(Ind)(2)ZrCl2 (5). The weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the polyethylene (PE) obtained with the mixture Z-N with Cp2MCl2 (M = Ti,Zr,Hf) or en(Ind)(2)ZrCl2 was lower than the PE obtained with Z-N and CpZrCl3. For the binary mixture of Z-N with CpZrCl3 (4), the PE obtained showed a bimodal molecular weight distribution (MWD) for an appropriate composition of the mixed catalyst in the absence of hydrogen in the reaction medium. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science: B.V. All rights reserved.


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