Morphology evolution in the early stages of olefin polymerization

X. Zheng, J. Loos

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The olefin polymerizations were carried out by using silica supported metallocene/MAO catalysts and MgCl2 supported Ziegler-Natta catalysts under mild reaction conditions and stopped at very low yield. The surface and cross sectional morphology of the polymer particles were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A homogeneous distribution of (co)catalyst on the support material is a prerequisite condition to get a homogeneous fragmentation and uniform polymer particle morphology. In the present work the catalysts show two different fragmentation behaviors. They can gradually fragment from the outer to the inner surface of the catalyst particle, or instantaneously break up into a large amount of small sub-particles at the beginning of the polymerization. The incorporation of comonomer does not change the general catalyst fragmentation scheme but delays the catalysts break-up progress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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