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Catalyzed chain growth (CCG) on a main group metal: an efficient tool to functionalize polyethylene

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Abstract

The incorporation of functional groups at the end of polyolefin chains offers an opportunity to prepare polyolefin building blocks. The latter can be used to construct polymer architectures based on polyolefins with many desirable properties. For this purpose, the reactivity of the carbon-metal bond formed during a catalytic olefin polymerization process is particularly appealing. The possibility of taking advantage of this reactivity has indeed been enhanced by the discovery of systems in which fast and reversible chain transfer reactions between the active metal center and a main group metal centre are occurring. The recent developments of this catalyzed chain growth (CCG) concept are briefly reviewed. A specific system using a (C5Me5)2NdCl2Li(OEt2)2 complex in conjunction with n-butyloctylmagnesium is then employed to synthesize an array of end functional polyethylene chains. The potential of these building blocks to build up new macromolecular architectures is discussed.

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Submitted
16 Nov 2009
Accepted
23 Dec 2009
First published
22 Jan 2010

Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 793-800
Article type
Review Article

Catalyzed chain growth (CCG) on a main group metal: an efficient tool to functionalize polyethylene

J. Mazzolini, E. Espinosa, F. D'Agosto and C. Boisson, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 793
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00353C

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