Copolymerization of vinylcyclohexane with ethene and propene using zirconocene catalysts

E. Aitola, A. Puranen, Harri Setälä, S. Lipponen, M. Leskelä, T. Repo (Corresponding Author)

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    Vinylcyclohexane (VCH) was copolymerized with ethene and propene using methylaluminoxane‐activated metallocene catalysts. The catalyst precursor for the ethene copolymerization was rac‐ethylenebis(indenyl)ZrCl2 (1). Propene copolymerizations were further studied with Cs‐symmetric isopropylidene(cyclopentadienyl)(fluorenyl)ZrCl2 (2), C1‐symmetric ethylene(1‐indenyl‐2‐phenyl‐2‐fluorenyl)ZrCl2 (3), and “meso”‐dimethylsilyl[3‐benzylindenyl)(2‐methylbenz[e]indenyl)]ZrCl2 (4). Catalyst 1 produced a random ethene–VCH copolymer with very high activity and moderate VCH incorporation. The highest comonomer content in the copolymer was 3.5 mol %. Catalysts 1 and 4 produced poly(propene‐co‐vinylcyclohexane) with moderate to good activities [up to 4900 and 15,400 kg of polymer/(mol of catalyst × h) for 1 and 4, respectively] under similar reaction conditions but with fairly low comonomer contents (up to 1.0 and 2.0% for 1 and 4, respectively). Catalysts 2 and 3, both bearing a fluorenyl moiety, gave propene–VCH copolymers with only negligible amounts of the comonomer. The homopolymerization of VCH was performed with 1 as a reference, and low‐molar‐mass isotactic polyvinylcyclohexane with a low activity was obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6569-6574
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • copolymerization
    • ethene
    • isotactic
    • olefins
    • metallocene catalysts
    • polymerization
    • polyolefins
    • propene
    • VCH
    • vinylcyclohexane
    • zirconocene


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