Catalytic polymerization of liquid propylene: effect of low-yield hexene prepolymerization on kinetics and morphology

M.S. Pimplapure, G. Weickert

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    A Ziegler-Natta-catalyst was used in ultra low-yield slurry prepolymerization followed by liquid propylene (main) polymerizations. Complete catalyst disintegration down to 1.5-2 µm particle size is observed at prepolymerization yields of 10 g per g cat. The initial (main) polymerization rate increased up to 55% and the final average particle diameter can be controlled between 50 and 1 500 µm at main polymerization yields of 20 kg PP per g cat · hr-1. Tension generation within the particle and the absence of a polymer layer explains these results.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)1294-1298
    Number of pages5
    JournalMacromolecular rapid communications
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • ultra low-yield prepolymerization
    • Morphology
    • IR-58292
    • Ziegler-Natta Polymerization
    • METIS-230176
    • Hexene prepolymerization

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