The effect of prepolymerization of a titanium catalyst on its deactivation in propylene polymerization – Rapid Communication
Polimery 1997, No 7-8, 494
Propylene polymerization rate was investigated in the presence of anunsupported titanium catalyst (TiCl3) that had been modified with a Lewis base (di-n-butyl ether) and activated (precat), or not activated (cat), by being used in a suspension prepolymerization (70°C, 0.6 MPa) of an identical monomer. The initial polymerization rate was higher with the precat than with the cat catalyst. Prepolymerization was also found to enhance the kinetic stability of catalyst's active sites, presumably by reason of the prepolymerization-induced modification of catalyst's morphology. Deactivation rate constants were evaluated for the active sites of either catalyst examined.