Document Type: Original research
Laboratorium für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Bayreuth, Postfach 101251, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Eight different zirconium phenoxyimine complexes were synthesized, characterized and tested as catalysts for ethylene polymerization. The phenoxyimine compounds were prepared by condensation of substituted salicylaldehydes with aliphatic and aromatic amines, the substituted salicylaldehydes from ortho substituted phenols and paraformaldehyde. The introduction of iodo substituents was achieved either by iodination of the aldehyde component followed by condensation with amines or the iodination of the aldehyde after the condensation with amines or the iodination via condensation with iodo substituted amines. Deprotonation of the hydroxy function of phenoxyimine compounds and reaction with zirconium tetrachloride gave mononuclear bis(phenoxyimine) zirconium complexes in good yields. These complexes were activated with methylaluminoxane (MAO) and applied for ethylene polymerization. The performances of the various catalysts were compared and structure-property-relationships were discussed.