Synthesis and structure of metal complexes with organic polymers or inorganic supports



Macromolecular ligands have been widely used in the past two decades with the objective of preparing structurally defined heterogeneous catalysts from soluble organometallic complexes. This activity has been largely reconsidered and focused on few specific systems. In this connection the present paper reviews recent data concerning the preparation of macromolecular metal complexes derived from transition metals which can produce active catalytic complexes for olefin polymerization and oligomerization and comparison is made about the suitability of both organic resins (crosslinked polystyrene) and inorganic materials (silica, alumina and zeolites).