Ethylene polymerization over supported titanium-magnesium catalysts: Effect of polymerization parameters on the molecular weight distribution of polyethylene

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  • Marina I. Nikolaeva,

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    1. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
    • Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
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  • Tatiana B. Mikenas,

    1. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
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  • Mikhail A. Matsko,

    1. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
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  • Ludmila G. Echevskaya,

    1. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
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  • Vladimir A. Zakharov

    1. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Pr. Akademika Lavrentieva, 5, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630090
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Abstract

The data on the effects of polymerization duration, cocatalyst, and monomer concentrations upon ethylene polymerization in the absence of hydrogen, and the effect of an additional chain transfer agent (hydrogen) on the molecular weight (MW), molecular weight distribution (MWD), and content of vinyl terminal groups for polyethylene (PE) produced over the supported titanium-magnesium catalyst (TMC) are obtained. The effects of these parameters on nonuniformity of active sites for different chain transfer reactions are analyzed by deconvolution of the experimental MWD curves into Flory components. It has been shown that the polymer MW grows, the MWD becomes narrower and the content of vinyl terminal groups in PE increases with increasing polymerization duration. It is assumed to occur due to the reduction of the rate of chain transfer with AlEt3 with increasing polymerization duration. The polydispersity of PE is found to rise with increasing AlEt3 concentration and decreasing monomer concentration due to the emergence of additional low molecular weight Flory components. The ratios of the individual rate constants of chain transfer with AlEt3, monomer and hydrogen to the propagation rate constant have been calculated. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011

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