Journal of Applied Polymer Science
In this article, the experimental results obtained in the copolymerization of ethylene with polar monomers using a silylated α-diimine nickel catalyst are described and compared with those obtained with a non-silylate similar one. The results show that the introduction of a siliyl group in the para-position of the imine moiety turns the catalyst less sensitive toward polar functionalities. However, the reactivity observed in copolymerization reactions was found to be reduced both the global polymerization and incorporation rates. Molecular modeling calculation allowed us to understand both the preferred insertion mode and the intermediate product structures for E/MMA copolymerization. Photodegradation studies showed that the presence of polar groups in the copolymers increases their rate of oxidation and turn them more easily degradable. The stabilization performed by Tinuvin 770 showed that for long-exposure times, it is not very effective regardless it is only mixed or grafted to the copolymer. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Year of publication: 2013