Comparative data on the micro-structures and properties of branched polyethylenes (BPE) produced via ethylene homopolymerization over homogeneous N,N-α-diimine LNiBr2 complexes with different ligand composition (AlEt2Cl as a cocatalyst) and corresponding supported catalysts LNiBr2/SiO2(Al) (Al[iso-Bu]3 as a cocatalyst) are presented. Noticeable differences were observed between micro-structures of BPEs obtained using homo- and heterogeneous LNiBr2 complexes as catalysts. Supported catalysts produce BPEs with the majority of methyl branches (17–18 CH3(1000 C)−1 characterized by different molecular masses (1800–210 kg mol−1) and molecular weight distributions (Mw[Mn]−1 = 5.9 and 2.6). Thermal and mechanical properties of these BPE samples obtained over supported Ni catalysts are similar to those of commercial LLDPE samples prepared with metallocene and Ziegler-Natta catalysts.
- mechanical properties
- structure-property relationships
- thermal properties
- property relationships
- ZIEGLER-NATTA CATALYSTS