Macromolecular Symposia

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January 08, 2007

HIGHLIGHT: Catalytic Olefin Polymerization is a Mature Field. Isn't it?

HIGHLIGHT: Catalytic Olefin Polymerization is a Mature Field. Isn't it?

V. Busico

We often hear that there is nothing left to discover in Ziegler-Natta chemistry, and that polyolefins have no more secrets to reveal. In reality, scientific research in the area has never been so much alive. Just as an example, a recent paper in Science (2006, 312, 714-719) introduces altogether a novel class of post-metallocene catalysts (see figure) and a revolutionary concept of polyolefin chain growth leading to materials with unprecedented microstructure and properties already bound for industrial production. This highlight aims at guiding the reader to the new challenging frontiers of Ziegler-Natta catalyst and material design.

Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2007, 208, 26-29.

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