Brazilian Mineral Clay as Support for Metallocene Catalyst in the Synthesis of Polyethylene

Authors: 
Maria Marques and Rodrigo Tiosso

Silica was compared with clays as supports for metallocene. Ethylene homopolymerization with both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts was performed. Activation energy was higher for
(n-BuCp)2ZrCl2/SiO2/MAO, although high activities were obtained for catalysts with clay. They showed Ea close to that of homogeneous precursor. Catalyst/clay control polymer morphology until 363 K

 

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