Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
In the course of investigations of polymerization of diolefins by transition metal derivatives, we have synthesized various monometallic nickel coordination catalysts. The complexes were prepared by reacting 2,6,10-dodecatriene-1,12-diyl nickel with protonic acids; they were shown to initiate the stereospecific polymerization of 1,3-butadiene. The study of these catalysts showed the strong influence of the nature of the counteranion used on the stereospecificity and the polymerization rate. Moreover, by adding various ligands, we were able to modify the behavior of the catalytic systems and to prepare either pure cis-1,4 or pure trans-1,4 or cis-trans equibinary polybutadienes, starting from the same complex and keeping a high 1,4 specificity. Some of these modifications were shown to be reversible.
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