Copolymerization of Norbornene and Methyl Acrylate by Nickel Catalyst Bearing 2-(Diarylphosphino)-N-phenylbenzenamine Ligands

Lixin Cao, Mingyuan Li*, Zhengguo Cai*

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Abstract

The synthesis of polar functionalized cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs) from the coordination copolymerization of norbornene (NB) and polar monomers catalyzed by late transition metal catalysts has been a recent research hotspot. However, few catalysts have achieved efficient copolymerization with commercial vinyl-type polar monomers, such as methyl acrylate (MA). In this contribution, nickel complexes bearing 2-(diarylphosphino)-N-phenylbenzenamine ligands were synthesized and applied as pre-catalysts to catalyze the (co)polymerization of norbornene. Upon the activation of methylaluminoxane (MAO), these nickel catalysts were active for norbornene polymerization with the highest activity achieved being 3.6 × 106 g mol−1 h−1 and the highest number average molecular weight (Mn) of polynorbornene (PNB) reaching 27.4 × 105 g mol−1. Moreover, these nickel catalysts also promoted the copolymerization of norbornene and MA to furnish high-molecular-weight NB/MA copolymers (Mn up to 6.20 × 104 g mol−1) with reasonable MA contents (3.07−5.90 mol%). The molecular weight of PNB and NB/MA copolymers obtained by the present nickel catalysts are remarkably higher than those of the (co)polymers from our previous reported dimethyl substituted phosphinobenzenamine nickel catalyst, suggesting significant progress in this field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalysts
DOIs
StatePublished - 31 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • phosphinobenzenamine nickel catalyst
  • norbornene
  • methyl acrylate
  • coordination copolymerization
  • polar functionalized cyclic olefin copolymer

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