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(11)EP 1 232 161 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
28.11.2007 Bulletin 2007/48

(21)Application number: 00946916.4

(22)Date of filing:  29.06.2000
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C07F 7/00  (2006.01)
C07F 7/22  (2006.01)
C07F 9/00  (2006.01)
C08F 4/00  (2006.01)
B01J 21/06  (2006.01)
C08F 4/62  (2006.01)
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B01J 21/10  (2006.01)
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(86)International application number:
PCT/US2000/018009
(87)International publication number:
WO 2001/000685 (04.01.2001 Gazette  2001/01)

(54)

MIXED METAL ALKOXIDE COMPLEXES AND POLYMERIZATION CATALYSTS MADE THEREFROM

GEMISCHTE METAL-ALKOXID-VERBINDUNGEN UND AUS DIESEN HERGESTELLTE POLYMERISATIONSKATALYSATOREN

COMPLEXES MIXTES D'ACOXYDES METALLIQUES ET CATALYSEURS DE POLYMERISATION EN ETANT FAITS


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

(30)Priority: 30.06.1999 US 141629 P
14.09.1999 US 395917

(43)Date of publication of application:
21.08.2002 Bulletin 2002/34

(73)Proprietor: UNION CARBIDE CHEMICALS & PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Danbury, Connecticut 06817-0001 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • JOB, Robert, Charles
    Boundbrook, NJ 08805 (US)

(74)Representative: Burford, Anthony Frederick et al
Beck Greener Fulwood House 12 Fulwood Place
London WC1V 6HR
London WC1V 6HR (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A- 0 043 473
GB-A- 2 087 907
US-A- 4 399 056
US-A- 5 077 357
US-A- 5 122 494
EP-A- 0 474 249
US-A- 3 042 626
US-A- 4 892 914
US-A- 5 106 806
US-A- 5 320 994
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    1. Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates to mixed metal alkoxide complexes useful as precursors for polymerization procatalysts that are ultimately useful in polymerizing α-olefins. The precursor complexes can be prepared by reacting a mixture of various metal alkoxides and halides to form a solid complex. The solid complex then can be used to form a procatalyst by contacting it with a halogenating agent and optionally an electron donor. The procatalyst then can be converted to an olefin polymerization catalyst by contacting it with a cocatalyst and optionally a selectivity control agent

    2. Description of Related Art



    [0002] Polymers and copolymers of lower α-olefins, particularly, ethylene, propylene and butylene are widely used throughout the world. These polymeric products are relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and they exhibit a number of commercially useful properties. These polymers are most commonly utilized in the form of highly crystalline solids. During the polymerization process, whether it be by liquid pool, gas phase, slurry phase or any other commonly utilized process, it is beneficial for the polymer particles (and consequently the catalyst particles) to be of a satisfactory shape and size. As examples: denser particles allow for higher hourly production rates; spheroidal particles allow for higher polymer bulk density; narrow particle size distribution allows for better gas phase fluidization. Overly small catalyst and polymer particles (commonly called fines) are also undesirable.

    [0003] When ethylene is polymerized, the process is less complicated than with higher olefins in that the product type is not greatly influenced by the manner in which the ethylene molecules add to the growing polymeric chain during polymerization. The polymeric product of ethylene does not generally exist in stereoisomeric forms. The simpler catalysts required to effect this polymerization can normally be obtained by straightforward chlorination of a catalyst precursor. If the shape of the catalyst particle and thus the shape of the resulting polymer particle is of importance, the catalyst precursor must be sufficiently robust so that it can withstand the rigors of this chlorination step.

    [0004] When propylene is polymerized, however, the presence of pendant methyl groups on the polymeric chain provides a possibility of several product types, depending on the steric regularity with which propylene molecules add to the growing chain. Much if not most of the commercial polypropylene results from the stereoregular addition of propylene molecules in a regular head-to-tail manner. The form of polymer having a substantial proportion of random addition of propylene units is termed atactic and this amorphous form is less desirable. If present in a significant proportion, the atactic polymer must be removed through an extraction process to provide a more desirable crystalline material.

    [0005] These polymers typically are formed by using a polymerization catalyst. The activity of the catalyst is significant in that the more polymer produced per unit weight of catalyst the better. The early titanium, chromium or vanadium catalysts were of low activity and the product contained a significant proportion of catalyst residues. These residues had to be removed in an effort to obtain commercially satisfactory properties.

    [0006] More recent titanium-based olefin polymerization catalysts are stereoregulating and have sufficient activity to avoid extraction and deashing. These high activity catalysts typically are prepared via chlorination of a magnesium containing precursor, in the presence of an electron donor compound, to form a solid procatalyst that usually contains magnesium, titanium and halide moieties, and comprises additionally a cocatalyst (usually an organoaluminum compound) and an optional selectivity control agent (SCA) for propylene polymerization. The magnesium containing complex is typically referred to as a "precursor", the solid titanium-containing compound typically is referred to as a "procatalyst", the organoaluminum compound, whether complexed or not, usually is referred to as the "cocatalyst" and the third component external electron donor, whether used separately or partially or totally complexed with the organoaluminum compound, is referred to as the "selectivity control agent." Throughout this disclosure, these terms will be used in accordance with the aforementioned designations. As before, if the shape of the catalyst particle and thus the shape of the resulting polymer particle is of importance, the catalyst precursor must be sufficiently robust so that it can withstand the rigors of the chlorination process.

    [0007] Many chemical combinations of procatalysts, cocatalysts and selectivity control agents are known in the art to produce active catalysts. Through considerable experience, however, certain materials are of greater interest than others. For example, there is significant research in the area of procatalysts, which typically contain some chemical combination of magnesium, titanium tetrachloride and an internal electron donor. These internal electron donors usually are oxygen containing compounds such as tetrahydrofuran and aromatic esters such as ethyl benzoate or ethyl p-toluate. Conventional cocatalysts include an aluminum trialkyl such as triethylaluminum or triisobutylaluminum that is often complexed with a portion of the selectivity control agent (or external electron donor), which also is typically an aromatic ester or an organosilane. Although variations in any of these catalyst components will influence the performance of the resultant catalyst, the component that appears to offer the greatest opportunity for modification to produce greater catalyst activity is the procatalyst.

    [0008] The literature is rife with disclosures relating to the various known methods of preparing procatalysts. For example, Kioka, et al., U.S. Patent No. 4,330,649, describes a solid catalyst component (procatalyst) that is prepared by heating a soluble magnesium compound such as magnesium chloride with a higher alcohol in the presence of an ester to produce a solution. This solution contains a "precursor" of the procatalyst, which then is added to titanium tetrachloride and an electron donor (internal) to form the procatalyst. A number of United States patents issued to Robert C. Job (and Robert C. Job, et al.,) describe various mechanisms for preparing magnesium-containing, titanium-containing compounds that are useful as precursors for the production of procatalysts that are ultimately useful in preparing catalysts for the polymerization of α-olefins. For example, U.S. Patent Nos. 5,034,361; 5,082,907; 5,151,399; 5,229,342; 5,106,806; 5,146,028; 5,066,737; 5,122,494, 5,124,298, and 5,077,357, disclose various procatalyst precursors. U.S. Patent No. 5,034,361 discloses solubilizing a magnesium alkoxide in an alkanol solvent by interaction of the magnesium alkoxide compound and certain acidic materials. This magnesium alkoxide then can be used either directly as a magnesium-containing catalyst precursor, or can be reacted with various titanium compounds to produce a magnesium and titanium-containing catalysts precursor.

    [0009] U.S. Patent Nos. 5,082,907; 5,151,399; 5,229,342; 5,106,806; 5,146,028; 5,066,737; 5,122,494, 5,124,298, and 5,077,357 disclose various magnesium and titanium-containing catalyst precursors, some of which are prepared by using the aforementioned magnesium alkoxide as a starting material. These precursors are not active polymerization catalysts, and they do not contain any effective amounts of electron donor. Rather, the precursors are used as starting materials in a subsequent conversion to an active procatalyst. Magnesium and titanium-containing procatalysts are formed by chlorinating the magnesium and titanium-containing precursor with a tetravalent titanium halide, an optional hydrocarbon and an optional electron donor. The resulting procatalyst solid then is separated from the reaction slurry, by e.g. filtration, precipitation, or crystallization). These procatalysts then are converted to polymerization catalysts by reaction with, for example, an organoaluminum compound and a selectivity control agent.

    [0010] In particular, US-A-5077357 discloses an olefin polymerization procatalyst precursor prepared by contacting a magnesium alkoxide, a titanium tetraalkoxide, a tetravalent titanium halide, a phenolic compound and an alkanol. After removal of the alkanol, the solid precursor is contacted with a tetravalent titanium halide, a halohydrocarbon and an electron donor to form a procatalyst that is subsequently contacted with an organoaluminum cocatalyst and a selectivity control agent to form the olefin polymerization catalyst. The preferred reaction for preparation of the precursor is represented by the general formula:

            3 Mg(OEt)2 + x Ti(OEt)4 + y TiCl4 + z o-cresol + n EtOH →

    wherein y is more than 0.1 but less than 0.8, preferably more than 0.3 but less than 0.5; (x+y) is more than 0.2 but less than 3, preferably more than 0.5 but less than 2; z is more than 0.05 but less than 3, preferably more than 0.1 but less than 2; and n is more than 0.5 but less than 9, preferably more than 2 but less than 5. In the exemplified precursor preparations, the Mg:Ti molar ratio provided by the alkoxides is 4.5 (Example 1) or 4.3 (Example 2) and the overall Mg:Ti molar ratio is 2.73 and 2.71 respectively.

    [0011] US-A-3042626 discloses the preparation of an olefin polymerization catalyst by admixing in a hydrocarbon diluent a Group lb transition metal halide, an organometallic compound of the formula MRn (wherein M is an alkaline or alkaline earth metal or aluminum, R is hydrocarbon and n is the number of metal to hydrocarbon bonds), and a metal halide of a Group IIIa, IVa, Va or VIII metal.

    [0012] GB-A-2087907 discloses, as an olefin polymerization cocatalyst, a halide activated intermetallic compound comprising the reaction product of a polymeric transition metal oxide alkoxide and reducing metal of higher oxidation potential than the transition metal. The polymeric transition metal oxide alkoxide is prepared by reacting a transition metal alkoxide with a hydrated metal salt.

    [0013] EP-A-0043473 discloses preparing a solid product by reacting the reaction product of a compound containing titanium, magnesium and halogen, and at least one compound selected tetraalkoxyzirconium, zirconium tetrahalide and tetraalkoxytitanium, with an organoaluminum halide compound of the general formula: AIR'nX'3-n (wherein R' is an alkyl group, X' is a halogen atom, and 0<n<3) or a halogen-containing titanium compound of the formula Ti(OR2)mX24-m (wherein R2 is an alkyl group, X2 is a halogen atom, and 0≤m<4.

    [0014] US-A-4892914 discloses the preparation of a supported Ziegler-Natta catalyst by the addition of tetrakis(dialkylamide or diarylamide) derivatives of titanium, and a metal-containing reducing agent such as ethyl aluminum dichloride to a suitable support material such as magnesium chloride.

    [0015] EP-A-0474249 discloses preparing a mixed metal alkoxide complex by contacting a suspension of an activated silica in an ethanolic solution of magnesium chloride with an alkoxide or halogen alkoxide of titanium and a silicon halide. After removal of the ethanol, the solid complex is reacted with an alkyl aluminum chloride to provide catalyst for the (co)polymerization of ethylene.

    [0016] US A-5320994 discloses the preparation of an olefin polymerization catalyst comprising reducing a titanium (IV) compound in an alpha, omega - dihalogenoalkane using a molar excess of at least one halogenated organoaluminum compound in the absence of an ether, and then, in a second step, adding a reaction mixture of a compound capable of forming a magnesium halide in-situ, without additional reduction of the titanium compound obtained in the first step. The titanium (IV) compound to be reduced advantageously has the general formula Ti(OR)n X4-n (wherein X is a halogen, R is a C1-10 alkyl 0≤n≤4. The catalyst contains at least one titanium compound, at least one halogenated organoaluminum compound and at least one inorganic magnesium compound in suspension in at least one alpha, omega -dihalogenoalkane; the titanium compound is essentially a titanium (III) compound, the total titanium (II) and titanium (IV) content being less than or equal 15% to the total titanium content. It may also contain at least one vanadium compound, an inert solvent, at least one partially polymerized alpha -olefin and at least one organometallic activator.

    [0017] While these magnesium and titanium-containing procatalysts are very effective in producing polyolefins, they are not as effective in producing polyolefins with unconventional properties. For example, these traditional Ziegler-Natta procatalysts typically are not used, in conjunction with other catalysts (i.e., metallocenes), to make polymers having a bimodal molecular weight distribution. The magnesium and titanium-containing procatalysts known in the art also are not prepared to have specifically tailored catalyst decay rates, which is a useful attribute in assuring homogeneous product composition over a range of reactor residence times, and is a useful attribute when the catalyst is used in consecutive reactor polyolefin processes. In addition, these procatalysts are sensitive to esoteric, or unconventional comonomers, such as dienes, and they typically lose a substantial portion of their activity in the presence of such comonomers.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0018] There exists a need to develop a procatalyst precursor that can be converted to an olefin polymerization catalyst capable of producing polymers in high yield, low fines, improved average particle size and increased bulk density. There also exists a need to provide a method of making a substantially spheroidal procatalyst having controlled catalyst decay rates, and a method of making a substantially spheroidal procatalyst capable of making tailored polymer particles having desired molecular weight distributions (narrow, broad, dissimilar, etc.). In addition, there exists a need to develop a precursor that can be converted into a polymerization catalyst that is not severely poisoned by esoteric olefin comonomers, and which has excellent activity. A need also exists to develop a precursor and method of making a precursor that does not suffer from any of the aforementioned disadvantages.

    [0019] In accordance with these and other features of the invention, there is provided a method for preparing a mixed metal alkoxide complex precursor containing, as the mixed metal portion, (M1M2)x(T1T2)y where M1 and M2 may be the same or different and are selected from one or more metals, in the +2 oxidation state, selected from Mg, Ca, Mn, Cu, Co, and Zn, T1 and T2 may be the same or different and are selected from one or more metals, in the +3, +4 or +5 oxidation state, selected from Ti+3, Ti+4, Zr, V+4, V+5, Sm, Fe, Sn, Ni, Rh, Co, Cr, Mo, W and Hf and wherein the molar ratio of x/y is 2.5 to 3.75, wherein T1 and T2 are different and if M1 and M2 are both Mg, then T1 and T2 are not both chosen from Zr and Ti+4. The precursor also has, complexed to the mixed metal portion, at least an alkoxide group and a chloride group. The method comprises contacting, in an inert diluent, one or more M1 and M2 metal alkoxides with one or more T1 and T2 metal alkoxides; and a halide selected from TiCl3, TiCl4, VCl4, FeCl3, SnCl4, HfCl4, MnCl2, MgCl2, and SmCl3 to form a solid precursor complex, and then separating the solid complex from the mixture. In accordance with this method, a clipping agent preferably is used and, optionally, an aliphatic alcohol can be used to form the solid precursor complex.

    [0020] A procatalyst is prepared by reacting the above-mentioned precursor with an appropriate halogenating agent, and optional electron donor, where the procatalyst, when converted to a catalyst and used to polymerize at least one olefin, has improved catalytic activity and yields polymer having a broad molecular weight distribution, excellent bulk density, melt index, flow index and melt flow rate. In addition, the catalyst has a controlled catalyst decay rate.

    [0021] A high activity olefin polymerization procatalyst comprises: (i) the procatalyst precursor comprising the mixed metal portion as described above; (ii) an electron donor; (iii) a halide of tetravalent titanium; and (iv) optionally, a hydrocarbon. Additionally a high activity olefin polymerization catalyst comprises: (i) the above-described procatalyst; (ii) an organoaluminum cocatalyst; and (iii) an optional selectivity control agent. Olefin homopolymers, copolymers, terpolymers, etc. can be prepared by contacting an olefin monomer, or monomers, with the above-described high activity olefin polymerization catalyst.

    [0022] These and other features of the present invention will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art upon reading the detailed description that follows.

    DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0023] Throughout this description, the expression "clipping agent" denotes a species that is capable of assisting in the breakup of a polymeric magnesium alkoxide. Specifically, clipping agents include: (i) those species which, in large excess are capable of dissolving magnesium alkoxides; (ii) large anions; and (iii) those that prevent magnesium alkoxides from polymerizing.

    [0024] Throughout this description the term "precursor" and the expression "procatalyst precursor" denotes a solid material that contains a mixture of M1, M2, T1, and T2 metals, (keeping in mind that M1, M2, T1, and T2 each can comprise more than one metal), but does not contain an electron donor, and which can be converted to a "procatalyst" (defined below) by contacting it with a halogenating agent such as alkylaluminum halide or tetravalent titanium halide, preferably TiCl4, and optionally an electron donor. Throughout this description, the term "procatalyst" denotes a solid material that is an active catalyst component, and that can be converted to a polymerization catalyst by contact with an organoaluminum compound, preferably triethyl aluminum (TEAL) and aluminoxane, and an optional external donor, or selectivity control agent.

    [0025] The present invention relates to the preparation of a mixed metal alkoxide complex precursor containing, as the mixed metal portion, (M1M2)x(T1T2)y where M1 and M2 may be the same or different and are selected from one or more specific metals having a +2 oxidation state, T1 and T2 may be the same or different and are selected from one or more specific metals having oxidation states of +3, +4 and +5, and wherein the molar ratio of x/y is from 2.5 to 3.75, wherein T1 and T2 are different and if T1 and T2 are both Mg, then T1 and T2 are not both chosen from Zr and Ti+4. The precursor also has, complexed to the mixed metal portion, at least one an alkoxide group and a chloride group.

    [0026] M1 and M2 are one or more metals selected from Mg, Ca, Mn, Cu, Co and Zn, and mixtures thereof, and more preferably M1 and M2 are selected from Mg, Mn, and Co. Most preferably, M1 and M2 are the same and are Mg. T1 and T2 are one or more metals selected from Ti+3, Ti+4, Zr, V+4, V+5, Sm, Fe, Sn, Ni, Rh, Co, Cr., Mo, W and Hf, and mixtures thereof, more preferably T1 and T2 are selected from Ti and Zr. In addition, the mixture of T1 and T2 preferably is not a mixture of titanium and zirconium.

    [0027] The molar ratio of the M1 and M2 metals to the T1 and T2 metals, (i.e., the ratio of x/y) is within the range of from 2.5 to 3.75, more preferably within the range of from 2.7 to 3.5 and most preferably, the molar ratio is 3. Alkoxide groups and halide groups are complexed to the mixed metal portion to form the mixed metal alkoxide precursor of the present invention.

    [0028] The mixed metal alkoxide precursor is prepared by contacting, in an inert diluent, a mixture of M1 and M2 metal alkoxides with a mixture of T1 and T2 metal alkoxides and a halide selected from TiCl3, TiCl4, VCl4, FeCl3, SnCl4, HfCl4, MnCl2, MgCl2, and SmCl3 to form a solid precursor complex, and then separating the solid complex from the mixture. In accordance with this method, a clipping agent preferably is used and, optionally, an aliphatic alcohol can be used to form the solid precursor complex. Preferably the chloride is TiCl4.

    [0029] A particularly preferred method of making the mixed metal alkoxide precursor of the invention is shown in the table below.
    {aM1 (OR)2 a+b+c+i+j+k=3; p+q=2;
    + bM1Cl2 + cMlXpYq R, R', R" = alkyl having 1 to 10 carbon
    iM2 (OR)2 + jM2Cl2 atoms, or mixtures thereof;
    + kM2XpYq} X = halide or alkoxide; M1, M2 are +2 metal ions
    + Y = halide or alkoxide or clipper anion
       
    {dT1(OR')4 + eTlCl4 0.4<d+e+f<2: T1, T2 are +3, +4
    + fT1Z4 or +5 metal ions;
    1T2(OR')4 + mT2Cl4 0.8 < d + e + f + l + m + n < 1.2 is preferred;
    + n T2Z4} Z = halide, alkoxide, amide or mixture;
    +  
     
    gClipping agent Clipping agent;
    + 0 < g ≤ 2; if Y is clipper then 0 < g + cq + kq < 2;
      0.1 < g < 0.4 is preferred;
     
    hR"OH R"OH is an alcohol or mixtures thereof; and
    0.5 < h < 8


    [0030] Any clipping agent that is capable of carrying out the functions described above can be used in the present invention. Clipping agents useful in the present invention include species which in large amounts will dissolve the magnesium alkoxide, large anions, and species that prevent the magnesium alkoxide from polymerizing. Preferably, the clipping agents are selected from cresol, 3-methoxyphenol, 4-dimethylaminophenol, 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol or p-chlorophenol, HCHO, CO2, B(OEt)3, SO2, Al(OEt)3, CO3=, Br-, (O2COEt)-, Si(OR)4, R'Si(OR)3, and P(OR)3. In the above compounds, R and R' represent hydrocarbon groups, preferably alkyl groups, containing from 1-10 carbon atoms, and preferably R and R' are the same or different and are methyl or ethyl. Other agents that release large anions or form large anions in situ (i.e., clipping agent precursors) can be used, such as MgBr2, carbonized magnesium ethoxide (magnesium ethyl carbonate), and calcium carbonate. Thus, the expression "clipper anion" mentioned in the table above denotes these anions.

    [0031] The clipping agent preferably is used in an amount less than that required to fully dissolve the magnesium alkoxide. Preferably, the clipping agent is used in an amount ranging from 0, if a clipping agent precursor is used to 0.67 moles of clipping agent for every mole of the mixture of M1 and M2. More preferably, the clipping agent is used in an amount ranging from 0.01 moles to 0.3 moles, and most preferably, from 0.03 moles to 0.15 moles per mole of the mixture of M1 and M2.

    [0032] Any alcohol or mixtures of alcohols can be used to prepare the mixed metal alkoxide complex precursor. Preferably, the alcohol is an aliphatic alcohol, and more preferably, the alcohol is selected from methanol, ethanol, butanol, propanol, i-propyl alcohol, n-butyl alcohol, n-propyl alcohol, and mixtures thereof. Most preferably the alcohol is ethanol, butanol, and mixtures thereof.

    [0033] The alkoxide moieties of the mixed metal alkoxides of M1 and M2 are the same as or are different from the alkoxide moieties of the mixed metal alkoxides of T1 and T2, it being understood that not all M1, M2, T1, and T2 metals are in the form of an alkoxide. Moreover, the alkoxide moieties of one metal alkoxide reactant can be the same as or different from the alkoxide moieties of the other metal alkoxide reactant In part for reasons of complex alkoxide purity, it is preferred that all alkoxide moieties of the mixed metal alkoxides be the same. The preferred alkoxide moieties are methoxide or ethoxide (R and R' above are methyl or ethyl) and particularly preferred is ethoxide. Magnesium ethoxide, titanium tetraethoxide, zirconium tetraethoxide, and hafnium tetraethoxide are the preferred metal alkoxide reactants for the production of the mixed metal alkoxide complex.

    [0034] If a phenolic compound is used to form the mixed metal alkoxide precursor, the phenolic compound preferably is selected from phenol or an activated phenol. By the term "activated phenol" is meant a monohydroxylic phenol of one aromatic ring having aromatic ring substituents other than hydrogen which serve to alter the pKa of the phenolic compound. Such substituent groups are free from active hydrogen atoms and include halogen, e.g., chlorine or bromine, alkyl and particularly alkyl of up to 4 carbon atoms inclusive, and dialkylamino wherein each alkyl has up to 4 carbon atoms inclusive.

    [0035] Suitable substituent groups do not include hydroxy. Illustrative of suitable phenolic compounds are phenol, p-cresol, o-cresol, 3-methoxyphenol, salicylaldehyde, methyl salicylate, 2,6-di-t-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT), 2,4-diethylphenol, p-chlorophenol, p-bromophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, p-dimethylaminophenol and m-diethylaminophenol.

    [0036] The contacting of the mixed metal compounds, clipping agent (or clipper), halide, optional phenolic compound, and optional alcohol preferably takes place at an elevated temperature in an inert reaction diluent. The reaction diluent is one in which all reactants are at least partially soluble and which does not react with the reactants or the complex alkoxide product. Preferred reaction diluents are hydrocarbon such as isooctane, isopentane or n-heptane, or are halohydrocarbon such as methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride or chlorobenzene. The contacting preferably takes place at a reaction temperature from 50°C to 120°C. Contacting typically is effected in a suitable reactor and is facilitated by conventional procedures such as shaking, stirring or refluxing. The phenolic compound, if used, preferably is provided in a quantity of from 0.1 mole to 4 moles per mole of mixed T1 and T2 metals, e.g., titanium tetraalkoxide, titanium tetrachloride, and vanadium tetrachloride, but preferably in a quantity of from 0.1 mole to 0.4 moles per mole of mixed T1 and T2 metals. The mixed M1 and M2 metal compounds can be provided in a quantity from 1.5 mole to 8 moles per mole of mixed T1 and T2 metals. Preferred quantities of mixed M1 and M2 compounds are from 2.5 moles to 3.5 moles per mole of mixed T1 and T2 metals.

    [0037] Upon contacting all of the components, the mixture then can be heated to anywhere from 50°C to 120°C by any suitable heating apparatus. The components are mixed at this elevated temperature for 5 minutes to 9 hours, preferably, from 25 minutes to 7 hours, and most preferably from 45 minutes to 2 hours; such time to be determined by visually inspecting the components for evidence of the consumption of original solid reactants. Those skilled in the art are capable of determining when the original mixed metal reactants have disappeared and/or when a homogeneous slurry has been formed, using the guidelines provided herein.

    [0038] Upon forming the homogeneous slurry, the alcohol then is preferably removed from the solution by heating the solution at temperatures above 100°C, and/or passing nitrogen over the solution. Removal of alcohol enables the precipitation of additional mixed metal alkoxide complex which may remain dissolved in solution (i.e., solid precursor material) and results in enhanced yield of product. The solid complex then can be removed from the reaction mixture by conventional means.

    [0039] Preferably, the solid precursor materials are separated from the reaction mixture by any suitable means, including but not limited to, decantation, filtration, and centrifugation. More preferably, the solid material is filtered, most preferably under the impetus of pressure and/or temperature. The filtered solids then can be washed at least once with one or more solvents, including but not limited to monochlorobenzene, toluene, xylene, isopentane, and isooctane. After separation from the mixture, or mother liquor, and subsequent wash solvents, the solid procatalyst precursor preferably is dried. Drying typically is conducted by supplying dry, moisture-free inlet nitrogen at a temperature of 25°C to 45°C for anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours thereby resulting in a product that is substantially dry. Higher temperatures on the order of 50 to 150°C can be used to dry the precursor in shorter periods of time.

    [0040] Any mechanism can be used to carry out the drying of the present invention. For example, the filter cake could be dried by flowing a heated inert gas stream through the cake for the time period described above. Alternatively, the filter cake could be removed from the filter and then subsequently dried in a conventional drying apparatus using direct, indirect, infrared, radiant or dielectric heat. Any apparatus capable of drying solids at temperatures above 25° can be used in accordance with the present invention. Particularly preferred drying apparatus include, but are not limited to, direct continuous dryers, continuous sheeting dryers, pneumatic conveying dryers, rotary dryers, spray dryers, through-circulation dryers, tunnel dryers, fluid bed dryers, batch through-circulation dryers, tray and compartment dryers, cylinder dryers, screw-conveyor dryers, drum dryers, steam-tube rotary dryers, vibrating-tray dryers, agitated pan dryers, freeze dryers, vacuum rotary dryers and vacuum-tray dryers. Most preferably, the solid precursor material is dried in a single or multiple-leaf combined filter and dryer. Those skilled in the art are capable of designing a suitable dryer and drying protocol to effect drying the precursor in accordance with the present invention.

    [0041] The precursor of the present invention then can be immediately converted to a procatalyst by any suitable means known to the art described below, or it can be stored for later use or for shipment to a facility capable of converting the precursor to a procatalyst. Upon drying, the solid precursor material can be discharged by any suitable means to downstream processing.

    [0042] Conversion of the dried procatalyst precursor to a procatalyst can be accomplished in any suitable manner. For example, the dried precursors of the invention can be converted to polymerization procatalyst by reaction with a halide, like tetravalent titanium halide, an optional hydrocarbon or halohydrocarbon and an electron donor. The tetravalent titanium halide is suitably an aryloxy- or alkoxy di- or trihalide such as diethoxytitanium dichloride, dihexyloxytitanium dibromide or diisopropoxytitaniumchloride or the tetravalent titanium halide is a titanium tetrahalide such as titanium tetrachloride or titanium tetrabromide. A titanium tetrahalide is preferred as the tetravalent titanium halide and particularly preferred is titanium tetrachloride. Halogenation also can be carried out by any of several means known to the art. These include but are not limited to treatment of the precursor with SiCl4, RxAlCl3-x, and BCl3. Suitable procatalyst preparation procedures are described in US-A-5,124,298 and US-A-5,132,263.

    [0043] Any electron donor can be used in the present invention so long as it is capable of converting the precursor into a procatalyst. Suitable electron donors are those electron donors free from active hydrogens that are conventionally employed in the formation of titanium-based procatalysts. Particularly preferred electron donors include ethers, esters, amides, imines, nitriles, phosphines, stibines, dialkyoxy benzenes, and arsines. The more preferred electron donors, however, include esters and ethers, particularly alkyl esters of aromatic monocarboxylic or dicarboxylic acids and particularly aliphatic or cyclic ethers. Examples of such electron donors are methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, ethyl p-ethoxybenzoate, 1,2-dialkyoxy benzenes, ethyl p-methylbenzoate, diethyl phthalate, dimethyl naphthalene dicarboxylate, diisobutyl phthalate, diisopropyl terephthalate, diethyl ether and tetrahydrofuran. The electron donor is a single compound or is a mixture of compounds but preferably the electron donor is a single compound. Of the preferred electron donors, ethyl benzoate, 1,2-dialkoxy benzenes and diisobutyl phthalate are particularly preferred.

    [0044] In a preferred embodiment, the mixture of procatalyst precursor, halide, electron donor and halohydrocarbon is maintained at an elevated temperature, for example, a temperature of up to 150°C. Best results are obtained if the materials are contacted initially at or ambient temperature and then heated. Sufficient halide is provided to convert at least a portion and preferably at least a substantial portion of the alkoxide moieties of the procatalyst precursor to halide groups. This replacement is conducted in one or more contacting operations, each of which is conducted over a period of time ranging from a few minutes to a few hours and it is preferred to have halohydrocarbon present during each contacting. Sufficient electron donor usually is provided so that the molar ratio of electron donor to the mixed metals (M1 and M2) present in the solid procatalyst is from 0.01:1 to 1:1, preferably from 0.05:1 to 0.5:1. The final washing with light hydrocarbon produces a procatalyst that is solid and granular and when dried is storage stable provided that oxygen and active hydrogen compounds are excluded. Alternatively, the procatalyst is used as obtained from the hydrocarbon washing without the need for drying. The procatalyst thus produced is employed in the production of an olefin polymerization catalyst by contacting the procatalyst with a cocatalyst and a selectivity control agent.

    [0045] The mixed metal-containing procatalyst serves as one component of a Ziegler-Natta catalyst system where it is contacted with a cocatalyst and optionally, a selectivity control agent. The cocatalyst component employed in the Ziegler-Natta catalyst system may be chosen from any of the known activators of olefin polymerization catalyst systems employing a transition metal halide, but organoaluminum compounds are preferred. Illustrative organoaluminum cocatalysts include trialkylaluminum compounds, alkyaluminum alkoxide compounds alkylaluminoxane compounds and alkylaluminum halide compounds in which each alkyl independently has from 2 to 6 carbon atoms inclusive. The preferred organoaluminum cocatalysts are halide free and particularly preferred are the trialkylaluminum compounds such Suitable organoaluminum cocatalysts include compounds having the formula Al(R'")dXeHf wherein: × is F, Cl, Br, I or OR"", R'" and R"" are saturated hydrocarbon radicals containing from 1 to 14 carbon atoms, which radicals may be the same or different, and, if desired, substituted with any substituent which is inert under the reaction conditions employed during polymerization, d is 1 to 3, e is 0 to 2, f is 0 or 1, and d+e+f=3. Such cocatalysts can be employed individually or in combination thereof and include compounds such as Al(C2H5)3, Al(C2H5)2Cl, Al2(C2H5)3Cl3, Al(C2H5)2H, Al(C2H5)2(OC2H5), Al(i-C4H9)3, Al(i-C4H9)2H, Al(C6H13)3 and Al(C8H17)3.

    [0046] Preferred organoaluminum cocatalysts are triethyl aluminum, triisopropyl aluminum, triisobutyl aluminum and diethylhexyl aluminum. Triethyl aluminum is a preferred trialkylaluminum cocatalyst.

    [0047] The organoaluminum cocatalyst also can be an aluminoxane such as methylaluminoxane (MAO) or modified methylaluminoxane (MMAO), or a boron alkyl. The method of preparing aluminoxanes is well known in the art. Aluminoxanes may be in the form of oligomeric linear alkyl aluminoxanes represented by the formula:

    or oligomeric cyclic alkyl aluminoxanes of the formula :

    wherein s is 1-40, preferably 10-20; p is 3-40, preferably 3-20; and R*** is an alkyl group containing 1 to 12 carbon atoms, preferably methyl or an aryl radical such as a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl or naphthyl radical. In the case of MAO, R*** is methyl, whereas in MMAO, R*** is a mixture of methyl and C2 to C12 alkyl groups wherein methyl comprises 20 to 80 percent by weight of the R*** group.

    [0048] The organoaluminum cocatalyst, during formation of the olefin polymerization catalyst, is preferably employed in a molar ratio of aluminum to the mixture of T1 and T2 of the procatalyst of from 1:1 to 150:1, but more preferably in a molar ratio of from 10:1 to 100:1.

    [0049] The final component of the Ziegler-Natta catalyst system is the optional selectivity control agent (SCA), or external electron donor, which typically is used when polymerizing propylene, or mixtures thereof. Typical SCAs are those conventionally employed in conjunction with titanium-based procatalysts and organoaluminum cocatalysts. Illustrative of suitable selectivity control agents are those classes of electron donors employed in procatalyst production as described above as well as organosilane compounds including alkylakoxysilanes and arylalkoxysilanes. Particularly suitable silicon compounds of the invention contain at least one silicon-oxygen-carbon linkage. Suitable silicon compounds include those having the formula R1mSiYnXp wherein: R1 is a hydrocarbon radical containing from 4 to 20 carbon atoms, Y is -OR2 or -OCOR2 wherein R2 is a hydrocarbon radical containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms, X is hydrogen or halogen, m is an integer having a value of from 0 to 3, n is an integer having a value of from 1 to 4, p is an integer having a value of from 0 to 1, and preferably 0, and m+n+p = 4. R1 should be such that there is at least one non-primary carbon in the alkyl and preferably, that such non-primary carbon is attached directly to the silicon atom. Examples of R1 include cyclopentyl, t-butyl, isopropyl or cyclohexyl. Examples of R2 include ethyl, butyl, isopropyl, phenyl, benzyl and t-butyl. Examples of X are Cl and H.

    [0050] Each R1 and R2 may be the same or different, and, if desired, substituted with any substituent which is inert under the reaction conditions employed during polymerization. Preferably, R2 contains from 1 to 10 carbon atoms when it is aliphatic and may be sterically hindered or cycloaliphatic, and from 6 to 10 carbon atoms when it is aromatic. Silicon compounds in which two or more silicon atoms are linked to each other by an oxygen atom, i.e., siloxanes or polysiloxanes, may also be employed, provided the requisite silicon-oxygen-carbon linkage is also present. The preferred selectivity control agents are alkylalkoxysilanes such as ethyldiethoxysilane, diisobutyl dimethoxysilane, cyclohexylmethyldimethoxysilane, propyl trimethoxysilane, dicyclohexyl dimethoxysilane, and dicyclopentyl dimethoxysilane. In one modification, the selectivity control agent is a portion of the electron donor added during procatalyst production. In an alternate modification the selectivity control agent is provided at the time of the contacting of procatalyst and cocatalyst. In either modification, the selectivity control agent is provided in a quantity of from 0.1 mole to 100 moles per mole of mixture of T1 and T2 in the procatalyst. Preferred quantities of selectivity control agent are from 0.5 mole to 25 mole per mole of mixture of T1 and T2 in the procatalyst.

    [0051] The olefin polymerization catalyst may be used in slurry, liquid phase, gas phase and liquid monomer-type reaction systems as are known in the art for polymerizing olefins. Polymerization preferably is conducted in a fluidized bed polymerization reactor, however, by continuously contacting an alpha-olefin having 2 to 8 carbon atoms with the components of the catalyst system, i.e, the solid procatalyst component, cocatalyst and optional SCAs. In accordance with the process, discrete portions of the catalyst components can be continually fed to the reactor in catalytically effective amounts together with the alpha-olefin while the polymer product is continually removed during the continuous process. Fluidized bed reactors suitable for continuously polymerizing alpha-olefins have been previously described and are well known in the art. Fluidized bed reactors useful for this purpose are described, e.g., in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,302,565, 4,302,566 and 4,303,771. Those skilled in the art are capable of carrying out a fluidized bed polymerization reaction using the guidelines provided herein.

    [0052] It is preferred sometimes that such fluidized beds are operated using a recycle stream of unreacted monomer from the fluidized bed reactor. In this context, it is preferred to condense at least a portion of the recycle stream. Alternatively, condensation may be induced with a liquid solvent. This is known in the art as operating in "condensing mode." Operating a fluidized bed reactor in condensing mode generally is known in the art and described in, for example, U.S. Patent Nos. 4,543,399 and 4,588,790. The use of condensing mode has been found to lower the amount of xylene solubles in isotactic polypropylene and improve catalyst performance when using the catalyst of the present invention.

    [0053] The catalyst composition may be used for the polymerization of olefins by any suspension, solution, slurry, or gas phase process, using known equipment and reaction conditions, and is not limited to any specific type of reaction system. Generally, olefin polymerization temperatures range from 0°C to 200°C at atmospheric, subatmospheric, or superatmospheric pressures. Slurry or solution polymerization processes may utilize subatmospheric or superatmospheric pressures and temperatures in the range of 40°C to 110°C. A useful liquid phase polymerization reaction system is described in U.S. Patent 3,324,095. Liquid phase reaction systems generally comprise a reactor vessel to which olefin monomer and catalyst composition are added, and which contains a liquid reaction medium for dissolving or suspending the polyolefin. The liquid reaction medium may consist of the bulk liquid monomer or an inert liquid hydrocarbon that is nonreactive under the polymerization conditions employed. Although such an inert liquid hydrocarbon need not function as a solvent for the catalyst composition or the polymer obtained by the process, it usually serves as solvent for the monomers employed in the polymerization. Among the inert liquid hydrocarbons suitable for this purpose are isopentane, hexane, cyclohexane, heptane, benzene, and toluene. Reactive contact between the olefin monomer and the catalyst composition should be maintained by constant stirring or agitation. The reaction medium containing the olefin polymer product and unreacted olefin monomer is withdrawn from the reactor continuously. The olefin polymer product is separated, and the unreacted olefin monomer and liquid reaction medium are recycled into the reactor.

    [0054] Preferably, gas phase polymerization is employed, with superatmospheric pressures in the range of 1 to 1000 psi (0.1-7 MPa), preferably 50 to 400 psi, (0.4 - 2.9 MPa) most preferably 100 to 300 psi, (0.8 -2.2 MPa) and temperatures In the range of 30 to 130°C, preferably 65 to 110°C. Stirred or fluidized bed gas phase reaction systems are particularly useful. Generally, a conventional gas phase, fluidized bed process is conducted by passing a stream containing one or more olefin monomers continuously through a fluidized bed reactor under reaction conditions and in the presence of catalyst composition at a velocity sufficient to maintain a bed of solid particles in a suspended condition. A stream containing unreacted monomer is withdrawn from the reactor continuously, compressed, cooled, optionally fully or partially condensed as disclosed in U.S. Patent Nos. 4,528,790 and 5,462,999, and recycled to the reactor. Product is withdrawn from the reactor and make-up monomer is added to the recycle stream. As desired for temperature control of the system, any gas inert to the catalyst composition and reactants may also be present in the gas stream. In addition, a fluidization aid such as carbon black, silica, clay, or talc may be used, as disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 4, 994, 534.

    [0055] Polymerization may be carried out in a single reactor or in two or more reactors in series, and is conducted substantially in the absence of catalyst poisons. Organometallic compounds may be employed as scavenging agents for poisons to increase the catalyst activity. Examples of scavenging agents are metal alkyls, preferably aluminum alkyls, most preferably triisobutylaluminum.

    [0056] The precise procedures and conditions of the polymerization are broadly conventional but the olefin polymerization process, by virtue of the use therein of the polymerization catalyst formed from the solid precursor, provides polyolefin product having a relatively high bulk density in quantities that reflect the relatively high productivity of the olefin polymerization catalyst. In addition, the polymeric products produced in the present invention have a reduced level of fines.

    [0057] Conventional additives may be included in the process, provided they do not interfere with the operation of the catalyst composition in forming the desired polyolefin.

    [0058] When hydrogen is used as a chain transfer agent in the process, it is used in amounts varying between 0.001 to 10 moles of hydrogen per mole of total monomer feed. Also, as desired for temperature control of the system, any gas inert to the catalyst composition and reactants can also be present in the gas stream.

    [0059] The polymerization product of the present invention can be any product, such as homopolymer, copolymer, and terpolymer. Usually, the polymerization product is a homopolymer such as polyethylene or polypropylene, particularly polypropylene. Alternatively, the catalyst and process of the invention are useful in the production of copolymers including copolymers of ethylene and propylene such as EPR and polypropylene impact copolymers when two or more olefin monomers are supplied to the polymerization process. Those skilled in the art are capable of carrying out suitable polymerization of homopolymers, copolymers, terpolymers, etc., using liquid, slurry or gas phase reaction conditions, using the guidelines provided herein.

    [0060] Ethylene polymers of the invention include ethylene homopolymers, and interpolymers of ethylene and linear or branched higher alpha-olefins containing 3 to 20 carbon atoms, with densities ranging from 0.90 to 0.95 and melt indices of 0.005 to 1000. Suitable higher alpha-olefins include, for example, propylene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-hexene, 4-methyl-1-pentene, 1-octene, and 3, 5, 5-trimethyl 1-hexene. Cyclic olefins such as vinyl cyclohexane or norbornene may also be polymerized with the ethylene. Aromatic compounds having vinyl unsaturation, such as styrene and substituted styrenes, may also be included as comonomers. Particularly preferred ethylene polymers comprise ethylene and 1 to 40 percent by weight of one or more comonomers described above.

    [0061] The invention will now be illustrated by Examples exemplifying particularly preferred embodiments thereof. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that these Examples do not limit the invention but rather serve to more fully describe particularly preferred embodiments.

    Examples:



    [0062] In the Examples, the following terms are defined as follows:

    Glossary:



    [0063] MI is the melt index (optionally termed I2), reported as grams per 10 minutes, determined in accordance with ASTM D-1238, condition E, at 190°C.

    [0064] FI is the flow index (optionally termed I21), reported as grams per 10 minutes, determined in accordance with ASTM D-1238 condition F, and was measured at ten times the weight used in the melt index test.

    [0065] MFR is the melt flow ratio, which is the ratio of flow index to melt index. It is related to the molecular weight distribution of the polymer.

    [0066] For high molecular weight polymers an optional melt index is taken using the same conditions except using a 5.0 Kg weight. The melt index under that condition is termed I5 and the melt flow ratio I21/I5 is termed MFR5. As above, larger values of MFR5 imply broader molecular weight distribution.

    [0067] Productivity is given in Kg polymer/g procatalyst/hour/100 psi (0.7 MPa) ethylene.

    Example 1


    Magnesium, iron, titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0068] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium and iron was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.64 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.21 MgCl2·6EtOH + 0.42 FeCl3 + 0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 Mg(O2COET)(OEt)→



    [0069] Approximately 0.6 g magnesium ethyl carbonate (CMEO, carbonized magnesium ethoxide: 3.8 mmol), 7.55 g of Mg(OEt)2 (66 mmol), 1.74 g of Fe Cl3 (10.5 mmol), and 1.95 g MgCl2·6EtOH (5.2 mmol) were mixed in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. To this mixture, 100 gm of chlorobenzene (90 ml) then was added. The mixture was stirred for about one minute, and then 4.11 g of Ti(OEt)4 (95%, 17.1 mmol) was added. The resulting mixture (still in the 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle) was placed in a 100° oil bath and stirred at 440 rpm. After 27 minutes (96° oil), only few of the granules had dissolved, but there was some precipitate evident in the brown liquid. By 3 hours, 47 min (97° oil), there were still granules present in a very thick slurry. By 5 hours, 41 min, the slurry was so thick that the stir speed was increased to 550 rpm, and a gentle nitrogen flow was started. At 6 hours, 39 min, the stir speed was increased to 660 rpm and 40 ml of heptane was added over a period of 15 minutes. The heat was then turned of and the slurry allowed to stir overnight. The mixture was filtered in the glovebox. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene, then twice with hexane and sucked dry to yield 11.8 g of beige powder.

    Preparation of polymerization procatalyst



    [0070] Approximately 2.12 g of the precursor prepared above was slurried in 15 ml of hexane. About 11 ml of 25% EADC/toluene then was added to the slurry over a period of about 3 minutes. The initially tan slurry turned to grayish brown. After stirring for 20 minutes, the slurry was filtered. The solids were washed twice with hexane and dried under moving nitrogen to yield 2.15 g of gray powder. That powder was slurried in 15 ml of hexane then 11 ml of 25% EADC/toluene was added over 2 minutes. The initially gray slurry turned brown. After 20 minutes of stirring, the mixture was filtered. The solids were washed four times with hexane and then dried under moving nitrogen to produce 1.57 g of tan powder. Analysis of the solid tan powder revealed: 3.50% Ti, 3.09% Fe, 12.7% Mg, 4.64% Al. A polymerization sample was made by slurrying 0.100 g of catalyst in 20 ml of Kaydol mineral oil (0.60% solids).

    Slurry polymerizations.



    [0071] 

    A. To a one liter stainless steel reactor, containing 500 ml of hexane and 15 ml of 1-hexene, were added 341 standard cubic centimeters (SCC) of H2 (13 psi (0.09 MPa) partial pressure). Triethyl aluminum (0.25 mmol of 1.56 M heptane solution) was injected by syringe. The catalyst (0.4 ml of the 0.60% slurry of procatalyst prepared above) was injected from a 50 ml bomb using ethylene pressure and about 20 ml of hexane. After polymerizing for 30 minutes at 85°C, while adding ethylene on demand to keep the total pressure at 160 psi, (1.1 MPa) the reaction was extinguished by injecting 2 ml of isopropanol. The catalyst decay rate had been 67%/20 minutes. The collected polymer was allowed to air dry overnight before characterization. The polymerization produced 181 g of polymer of 0.25 g/cc bulk density with melt index (I2) of 0.204 dg/min and flow index (I21) of 6.88 dg/min (MFR = 34). The polymer density was determined to be 0.9459 g/cc. Size exclusion chromatography showed Mw/Mn = 7.8.

    B. Polymerization with diene comonomer: The polymerization of part A above was repeated except that the amount of catalyst slurry was increased to 0.7 ml and 5.0 ml of 5-vinyl-2-norbomene was added to the reactor. This polymerization produced about 181 g of polymer of 0.22 g/cc bulk density with I5 of 0.165 dg/min and flow index (I21) of 6.88 dg/min (I21/I5 = 24, corresponding to an MFR > 100). Size exclusion chromatography showed Mw/Mn = 10.9.


    Example 2


    Magnesium, vanadium (+4), titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0072] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium and vanadium (+4) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.85 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.42 VCl4 + 0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 Mg(O2COET)(OEt) + 2.04 EtOH →



    [0073] Carbonized magnesium ethoxide (0.6 g, 3.8 mmol), 8.15 g Mg(OEt) (8.15 g, 71.2 mmol) and Ti(OEt)4 (4.llg, 95%, 17.1 mmol) were added to 100 g of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. The mixture was stirred a minute then VCl4 (2.00g, 10.4 mmol) was added. The bottle, containing the dark green slurry, was placed in a 100°C oil bath then 3.0 ml of ethanol (2.36 g, 51.1 mmol) was quickly added. Stirring was continued overnight at 440 rpm by which time all of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted. A gentle nitrogen flow was passed over the surface of the reaction and was continued for 70 minutes until about 4% of the solvent had evaporated. Heating was stopped and the slurry was allowed to stir and cool to room temperature then filtered. The solids were washed twice with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 11.0 g of pale green powder composed of predominately two sizes of translucent granules clustered about 10 micron and 20 micron diameter.

    Example 3


    Magnesium, vanadium (+5), titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0074] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium (+4) and vanadium (+5) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            3 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.42 TiCl4 + 0.68 VO(OiBu)3 + 0.15 MeSalicylate + 2.0 EtOH →



    [0075] Mg(OEt)2 (8.58 g, 75 mmol), VO(OiBu)3 (4.9 g, 17.1 mmol) and 0.57 g of methyl salicylate (3.75 mmol) were mixed with 100 gm of chlorobenzene (90 ml), in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. After stirring a minute, TiCl4 (1.97 g, 10.4 mmol) was added. The bottle was placed in a 100°C oil bath, then ethanol (2.36 g, 51 mmol) was quickly added to give a green slurry. By 60 minutes stirring at 440 rpm the slurry had turned yellow and there were still many granules of unreacted magnesium ethoxide. By 4.5 hours nearly all of the granules appeared to have reacted. A gentle nitrogen stream was passed over the reaction surface as 6% of the solvent evaporated in 1.5 hours. The heat was removed and the slurry allowed to stir and cool to room temperature then filtered. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and once with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 7.6 g of pastel yellow powder.

    Example 4


    Magnesium, vanadium (+5), vanadium (+4)-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0076] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, vanadium (+5) and vanadium (+4) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.85Mg(OEt)2 + 0.42VC14 + 0.68VO(OiBu)3 + 0.15Mg(O2COET)(OEt) + 2.04EtOH →



    [0077] Mg(OEt)2 (8.15 g, 71.2 mmol), VO(OiBu)3 (4.9 g, 17.1 mmol) and 0.6 g of carbonized magnesium ethoxide (0.6 g, 3.8 mmol) were mixed with 100 gm of chlorobenzene (90 ml), in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. After stirring a minute, VCl4 (2.0 g, 10.4 mmol) was added. The bottle was placed in a 96°C oil bath then ethanol (2.36 g, 51 mmol) was quickly added to give a slurry of granules in a dark green solution. By seven hours, stirring at 440 rpm, a clumpy slurry had been obtained. The cap was removed and stirring continued under a gentle flow of nitrogen to evaporate the excess ethanol (about 5% of the solvent). After cooling to room temperature, the supernatant was decanted from the clumpy precipitate. The clumps were then resuspended in fresh chlorobenzene and stirred overnight to produce a homogeneous slurry. The slurry was filtered, then the solids washed twice with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane and dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 9.90 g of pastel green powder.

    Example 5


    Magnesium, iron, titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0078] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium and iron was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.64 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.21 Mg(FeC14)2•4EtOH + 0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 Mg(O2COEt)(OEt) + 2.8 EtOH →



    [0079] Mg(OEt)2 (7.55 g, 66 mmol), carbonized magnesium ethoxide (0.6 g, 3.8 mmol), and Mg(FeCl4)2•4EtOH (3.1 g, 5.2 mmol) were slurried into 130 g of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. After stirring about a minute, Ti(OEt)4 (95%, 4.11 g, 17.1 mmol) was added. The bottle was placed in a 100°C oil bath, and then ethanol (3.22 g, 70 mmol) was quickly added to obtain a pale green slurry. After stirring at 440 rpm for 3.7 hours, a gentle nitrogen flow was passed over the reaction surface until about 6% of the solvent had evaporated. The precipitate had formed one large clump. After standing overnight at room temperature, the clump had become brittle and was easily broken to form a homogeneous slurry which was stirred another day in a 77°C oil bath then filtered. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen to obtain 8.0 g of white powder.

    Example 6


    Magnesium, tin, titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0080] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium and tin was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.85 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.42 SnCl4 + 0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 Mg(O2COET)(OEt) + 3 EtOH →



    [0081] Mg(OEt)2 (8.15 g, 71.2 mmol) and carbonized magnesium ethoxide (0.6 g, 3.8 mmol) were mixed with 100 gm of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle, and then Ti(OEt)4 (4.11 g, 95%, 17.1 mmol) was added. After stirring about one minute, SnCl4 (2.71 g, 10.4 mmol) was added. The bottle was placed in a 100°C oil bath, and then ethanol (3.46 g, 75 mmol) was quickly added. The mixture was stirred for 3.75 hours at 440 rpm to obtain a cloudy, translucent slurry with only a few granules of magnesium ethoxide appearing to remain unreacted. The cap was removed and a gentle nitrogen stream was passed over the reaction for 90 minutes as about 7% of the solvent evaporated. The mixture was transferred to a glovebox and filtered warm. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 11.8 g of white powder composed of translucent granules all of which were about 15 microns in diameter. Elemental analysis revealed 12.0% Mg, 3.59% Ti and 9.67% Sn.

    Example 7


    Magnesium, hafnium and titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0082] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, hafnium and titanium was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            3 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.40 HfCl4 + 0.65 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 HOC6H4CO2Me + 3.7 EtOH →



    [0083] Ti(OEt)4 (3.96 g, 95%, 16.25 mmol) and HfCl4 (3.20 g, 10 mmol) were mixed with ethanol (4.24 g, 92 mmol) in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle then methyl salicylate (0.57 g, 3.75 mmol) was added. The mixture was stirred for 30 minutes at about 60°C to obtain a yellow-orange solution then 100 g of chlorobenzene was added. After thorough mixing, Mg(OEt)2 (8.58 g, 75 mmol) was added. The bottle was then placed in a 91° oil bath and stirred 3.3 hours at 440 rpm when 0.96 g of butanol was added. After another 105 minutes all of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted. The cap was then removed and a gentle flow of nitrogen was passed over the reaction for 67 minutes as 5% of the solvent evaporated. Heating was then halted and the slurry allowed to stir and cool overnight. The slurry was transferred to a glovebox and filtered. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 9.66 g of white powder consisting predominately of translucent particles of 5 to 10 microns in diameter.

    Example 8


    Magnesium, titanium (+3), titanium (+4)-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0084] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium (+3) and titanium (+4) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.8 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.41 TiCl4 + 0.21 MgBu2 + 0.70 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.37 O-CH3C6H4OH + 4.0 EtCH →



    [0085] TiC14 (1.94 g, 10.25 mmol) was dissolved in 100 g of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. While stirring vigorously a solution of 14% Bu2Mg in heptane (5.06 g, 5.1 mmol) was added. After stirring two days at room temperature, Mg(OEt)2 (8.0 g, 69.9 mmol), o-cresol (1.00 g, 9.25 mmol) and Ti(OEt)4 (4.20 g, 95%, 17.5 mmol) were added. The bottle was placed in a 100°C oil bath, and then ethanol (3.94 g, 85.5 mmol) was added quickly and stirring continued for 2.4 hours at 440 rpm whereupon all of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted. The bottle cap was removed and a gentle flow of nitrogen was passed over the reaction for about one hour as about 8% of the solvent evaporated. The mixture was transferred to a glovebox and filtered warm (a green filtrate was obtained). The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 12.0 g of light green fluffy powder composed of granules clustered around 10 to 15 microns in diameter.

    Example 9


    Magnesium, titanium (+3), titanium (+4)-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0086] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium (+3) and titanium (+4) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            3 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.28 TiC13 + 0.2 TiC14 + 0.63 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.37 o-CH3C6H4OH + 3.46 EtOH→



    [0087] Mg(OEt)2 (8.6 g, 75 mmol) and TiCl3 (1.08 g, 7.0 mmol) were mixed with 100 g of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. Ortho-cresol (o-cresol, 1.00 g, 9.25 mmol), TiCl4 (0.95 g, 5.0 mmol) and Ti(OEt)4 (3.36 g, 95%, 14.0 mmol) were then added. The bottle was then placed in a 102°C oil bath, and then ethanol (3.96 g, 85.9 mmol) was added quickly. The black slurry was stirred for 42 minutes at 440 rpm whereupon sill of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted to obtain a dark green slurry. The bottle cap was removed and a gentle nitrogen flow was passed over the reaction for 42 minutes while 7% of the solution evaporated. The slurry was transferred to a glovebox and filtered warm. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane, and then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 12.1 g of pale green powder composed predominately of lemon-drop shaped particles of about 10 to 12 microns in diameter.

    Example 10


    Magnesium, tin, titanium(+3/+4)-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0088] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium(+3/+4) and tin was prepared in accordance with the following reactions:

            0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.21 MgBu2 → A

            2.64 Mg(OEt)2 + A + 0.42 SnC14 + 0.15 Mg(O2COET)(OEt + 3 ETOH →



    [0089] Ti(OEt)4 (4.11 g, 95%, 17.1 mmol Ti, 4.46 mmol ethanol) was dissolved in 100 g of chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle under nitrogen atmosphere. With stirring, a 1.0 M solution of Bu2Mg in heptane (7.33 ml, 5.23 g; 7.33 mmol, extra was added to react with the 5% ethanol from the Ti(OEt)4) was added and the royal blue colored slurry was allowed to stir overnight at room temperature: To that stirring slurry was added SnCl4 (2.71 g, 10.4 mmol) followed by Mg(OEt)2 (7.31 g, 63.9 mmol) and carbonized magnesium ethoxide (0.6 g, 3.8 mmol). The bottle was capped and placed in a 100°C oil bath then ethanol (3.46 g, 75 mmol) was added quickly to give a gray slurry. The mixture was allowed to stir at 440 rpm for 2 hours whereupon all of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted to produce a cloudy slurry. The cap was removed and a gentle nitrogen stream was passed over the reaction until about 7% of the solvent had evaporated. The reaction was transferred to a glovebox and filtered warm. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen. Obtained were 11.0 g of gray powder composed translucent granules in the range of 15 - 20 microns in diameter.

    Example 11


    Magnesium, titanium (+3), titanium (+4)-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0090] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, titanium (+3) and titanium (+4) was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            2.8 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.41 TiC14 + 0.21 MgBu2 + 0.56 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 Mg(O2COEt)OEt + 3.4 EtOH →



    [0091] TiC14 (1.94 g, 10.25 mmol) was dissolved in 90 g of nitrogen degassed chlorobenzene in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle. While stirring vigorously, a solution of 1.0 M Bu2Mg in heptane (5.1 ml, 3.64 g, 5.1 mmol) was added. After stirring an hour at about 50°C, Mg(OEt)2 (8.0 g, 69.9 mmol) and Ti(OEt)4 (3.36 g, 95%, 14 mmol) were added followed by a mixture of {0.6 g carbonized magnesium ethoxide (3.8 mmol) + 3.14 g ethanol (68 mmol) + 1.21 g butanol (16 mmol)}. The bottle was placed in a 100°C oil bath and the walls rinsed with 10 g of chlorobenzene and the deep brown slurry stirred for 3.1 hours at 440 rpm whereupon nearly all of the magnesium ethoxide granules appeared to have reacted. The bottle cap was removed and a gentle flow of nitrogen was passed over the reaction for about one hour as about 15% of the solvent evaporated. Heating was halted and the mixture was allowed to stir and cool for 3 days then transferred to a glovebox and filtered. The solids were washed once with chlorobenzene and twice with hexane then dried under moving nitrogen.
    Obtained were 12.8 g of green powder composed of granules clustered around 5 microns in diameter.

    Preparation of polymerization procatalysts



    [0092] Polymerization procatalysts were prepared from approximately 2.1 - 2.3 g of each of the precursors of Examples 2- 7 by contacting with ethylaluminum dichloride according to the procedure outlined in Example 1 above.

    [0093] A polymerization procatalyst was prepared from approximately 2.3 g of the precursor of Example 10 by contacting with ethylaluminum dichloride according to the procedure outlined in Example 1 above except that only a single wash of 12 ml of 25% ethylaluminum in toluene was used.

    [0094] A polymerization procatalyst was prepared from approximately 2.5 g of the precursor of Example 11 by contacting with ethylaluminum dichloride according to the procedure outlined in Example 1 above except that only a single wash of 16 ml of 25% ethylaluminum in toluene was used.

    Slurry Polymerizations



    [0095] The procatalysts prepared above were polymerized using the procedure outlined in Example 1 (Part A) above. Except as noted in the following table, each polymerization used about 0.5 ml of the approximately 0.6% mineral oil procatalyst slurry (approximately 2.5 mg procatalyst), 0.26 ml of 1.56 M triethylaluminum/heptane solution, 280- 360 standard cc of hydrogen, 15 ml of hexene in a diluent of 500 ml of hexane. Polymerizations were carried out for a period of 30 minutes and the polymerization polymer yields were linearly extrapolated to one hour to obtain productivity as Kg polymer/g catalyst/100 psi (0.7 MPa) ethylene/hour. Decay is presented as the decline in ethylene consumption over the last 20 minutes of the polymerization. The flow ratio is given as either I21/I5 or as MFR (values in parentheses).
    Table: Slurry Polymerization Results
    PrecursorProductivityb.d.FII21/I5Decay
    Ex. #Kg/g catg/ccdg/minMFR)%/20 min
    1 126 0.253 6.88 (34) 57%
    2 70.6 0.276 12.6 (39) 40%
    3 85.6 0.269 9.6.6 (34) 56%
    4 4.47* 0.317 >1000 --- 66%
    5 77.8 0.278 12.2 (35) 45%
    6 76.3 0.246 7.78 (32) 56%
    7 33.8 0.172 9.05 11 42%
    8 101.1 0.327 3.28 11 51%
    10 58.1 0.245 12.5 10 40%
    11 103.7 0.303 11.3 11 38%
    * 0.1 mmol ethyltrichloroacetate + 0.4 mmol DEAC added to reactor
    *** 1.0 mmol Al(iBu)3, 1200 scc of H2

    Example 12


    Magnesium, samarium, titanium-containing complex


    Preparation of precursor



    [0096] A polymerization procatalyst precursor comprising a mixture of magnesium, samarium and iron was prepared in accordance with the following reaction:

            3 Mg(OEt)2 + 0.56 SmC13 + 0.68 Ti(OEt)4 + 0.15 HOC6H4CO2Me + 4.05 ROH →



    [0097] Mg(OEt)2 (8.6 g, 75 mmol) and 2.11 g of SmCl3 (14.0 mmol) were mixed with 100 gm of chlorobenzene (90 ml), in an 8 ounce (240 ml) bottle, then 4.11 g of Ti(OEt)4 (95%, 17.1 mmol) was added. After stirring a minute, methyl salicylate (0.38 g, 2.5 mmol) was added. The bottle was placed in a 105°C oil bath, and then a mixture of 5.0 ml of ethanol (3.92 g, 85 mmol) and 1.5 ml of butanol (1.21 g, 16.3 mmol) was quickly added and the mixture stirred at 440 rpm. After an hour the slurry had begun to form clumps so the stirring rate was increased to 660 rpm. After another 45 minutes additional ethanol (6 ml) was added to disperse the clumps. After a total time of 2 hours, it was evident that some Mg(OEt)2 remained unreacted, so another 1.08 g of salicyl aldehyde were added. At 4 hours total time, only a few granules remained in the blood red solution so the heat was turned off to let the solution stir and cool. After several hours cooling, during which crystals had precipitated on the walls, the oil bath was raised to 60° and about 1/3 of the solvent was evaporated under a gentle nitrogen stream. The slurry was filtered and the solids washed twice with chlorobenzene, twice with hexane the sucked dry to yield 6.0 g of translucent white chunky aggregates composed of 20-35 µm particles of crystalline appearance.

    Slurry polymerization.



    [0098] A procatalyst was not prepared directly from this precursor. Instead a chlorinating agent, in the form of diethylaluminum chloride, was added to the polymerization reactor along with the precursor. To a one liter stainless steel reactor, containing 500 ml of hexane and 15 ml of 1-hexene, were added 894 standard cubic centimeters (SCC) of H2 (20 psi (0.14 MPa) partial pressure). Triethyl aluminum (0.25 mmol of 1.56 M heptane solution) was injected by syringe. The catalyst (4.7 ml of 1.2% slurry of the Mg/Ti/Sm precursor) was injected from a 50 ml bomb using ethylene pressure and about 20 ml of hexane. Ethylene was added to a total pressure of 158 psi. (1.19 MPa). After 10 minutes no ethylene had been consumed so 1.5 ml of 1.5 M diethylaluminum chloride/heptane solution was injected into the reactor by syringe whereupon polymerization began. After polymerizing for 30 minutes at 85°C, while adding ethylene on demand to keep the total pressure at 158 psi, (1.19 MPa) the reaction was extinguished by injecting 2 ml of isopropanol. The catalyst decay rate had been 65%/20 minutes. The collected polymer was allowed to air dry overnight before characterization. The polymerization produced 47.7g of polymer corresponding to a productivity of about 11.9 Kg polymer/gm catalyst/100 psi (0.7 MPa) ethylene/hour.

    [0099] As can be seen from the above Examples, a variety of mixed metal-containing precursors can be prepared, which in turn produce highly active polymerization procatalysts. The mixed metal precursors of the invention, when converted to polymerization procatalysts, produce polymers having high bulk density and a range of molecular weight distributions, and the catalysts have modest catalyst decay. Using the guidelines provided herein, those skilled in the art are capable of tailoring polymerization procatalysts to provide a variety of catalyst decay rates and polymers having a variety of molecular weight distributions. The inventive Examples also provide polymerization procatalysts that retain the excellent morphology of the precursor to thereby generate polymer having fewer fines, as well as a lower xylene solubles content.


    Claims

    1. A method of preparing a mixed metal alkoxide complex precursor comprising:

    a) a mixed metal component represented by the following formula:

            (M1M2)x(T1T2)y

    where M1 and M2 may be the same or different and are selected from one or more metals, in the +2 oxidation state, selected from Mg, Ca, Mn, Cu, Co, and Zn,
    T1 and T2 are different and are selected from one or more metals, in the +3, +4, or +5 oxidation state, selected from Ti+3,Ti +4, Zr, V+4, V+5, Sm, Fe, Sn, Ni, Rh, Co, Cr, Mo, W and Hf,
    the molar ratio of x/y is from 2.5 to 3.75
    wherein if M1 and M2 are both Mg then T1 and T2 are not both chosen from Zr and Ti+4; and

    b) at least an alkoxide group and a chloride group complexed with component a)

    said method comprising i) contacting, in an inert reaction diluent, one or more M1 and M2 alkoxides; one or more T1 or T2 alkoxides; and a halide selected from TiCl3, TiCl4, VCl4, FeCl3, SnCl4, HfCl4, MnCl2, MgCl2, and SmCl3 and ii) separating the solid complex from the mixture.
     
    2. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein M1 and M2 are one or more metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Mn, Co, and mixtures thereof.
     
    3. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein all of the alkoxide groups are methoxide or ethoxide.
     
    4. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein x/y is within the range of from 2.7 to 3.5.
     
    5. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the molar ratio of mixed M1 and M2 metals to mixed T1 and T2 metals is from 2.5:1 to 3.5:1.
     
    6. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein a clipping agent is present and the inert reaction diluent is a hydrocarbon or halohydrocarbon.
     
    7. A method as claimed in Claim 6, wherein the reaction is conducted at a reaction temperature from 50°C to 120°C.
     
    8. A method as claimed in Claim 6 or Claim 7, wherein an aliphatic alcohol is additionally present in the reaction.
     
    9. A method as claimed in Claim 8, wherein the alcohol is selected from ethanol, butanol, and mixtures thereof.
     
    10. A method as claimed in any one of Claim 1, 6 and 9, wherein a clipping agent selected from cresol, 3-methoxyphenol, 4-dimethylaminophenol, 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol or p-chlorophenol, HCHO, CO2, B(OEt)3, SO2, Al(OEt)3, CO3=, Br-, (O2COEt)-, Si(OR)4, R'Si(OR)3, and P(OR)3, wherein R and R' are the same or different and are methyl or ethyl is additionally present in the reaction.
     
    11. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein a phenolic compound selected from phenol, halophenols, C1-4 alkylphenols and di(C1-4)alkylaminophenols is additionally present in the reaction.
     
    12. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein a phenolic compound selected from phenol, p-cresol, o-cresol, 3-methoxyphenol, salicylaldehyde, methyl salicylate, 2,6-di-t-butyl-4-methylphenol, 2,4-diethylphenol, p-chlorophenol, p-bromophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, p-dimethylaminophenol and m-diethylaminophenol is additionally present in the reaction.
     
    13. A method as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the precursor is made in accordance with the following reaction sequence:

    where
    a + b + c + i + j + k = 3;
    p + q = 2;
    R, R', R" each are individually an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or mixtures thereof;
    X is selected from a halide or an alkoxide;
    M1 and M2 are as defined in Claim 1;
    Y is selected from halides, alkoxides, and clipper anions;
    0.4 < d + e + f < 2;
    T1 and T2 are as defined in Claim 1;
    0.8 < d + e + f + l + m + n < 1.2;
    Z is selected from halides, alkoxides, amides, and mixtures thereof;
    0 < g ≤ 2; with the proviso that if Y is a clipper anion, then 0 < g + cq +kq < 2;
    R"OH is an alcohol, or mixtures thereof; and
    0.5 < h < 8.
     
    14. A method of preparing a polymerization procatalyst comprising preparing a mixed metal alkoxide complex by a method as defined in any one of the preceding claims and, after separating the solid complex from the mixture and drying, halogenating the complex.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer gemischten Metallalkoxidkomplex-Vorstufe, umfassend:

    a) eine gemischte Metallkomponente, dargestellt durch die folgende Formel:

            (M1M2)x(T1T2)y

    worin M1 und M2 gleich oder verschieden sein können und ausgewählt sind aus einem oder mehreren Metallen in der Oxidationsstufe +2 ausgewählt aus Mg, Ca, Mn, Cu, Co und Zn,
    T1 und T2 verschieden sind und ausgewählt sind aus einem oder mehreren Metallen in der Oxidationsstufe +3, +4 oder +5 ausgewählt aus Ti+3, Ti+4, Zr, V+4, V+5, Sm, Fe, Sn, Ni, Rh, Co, Cr, Mo, W und Hf,
    das Molverhältnis von x/y 2,5 bis 3,75 ist,
    wobei, wenn M1 und M2 beide Mg sind, dann T1 und T2 nicht beide aus Zr und Ti+4 ausgewählt werden; und

    b) mindestens eine Alkoxidgruppe und eine Chloridgruppe komplexiert mit Komponente a),

    wobei das Verfahren i) das Kontaktieren eines oder mehrerer M1- und M2-Alkoxide; eines oder mehrerer T1- oder T2-Alkoxide; und eines Halogenids ausgewählt aus TiCl3, TiCl4, VCl4, FeCl3, SnCl4, HfCl4, MnCl2, MgCl2 und SmCl3 in einem inerten Reaktionsverdünnungsmittel und ii) das Abtrennen des festen Komplexes aus der Mischung umfasst.
     
    2. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei M1 und M2 ein oder mehrere Metalle ausgewählt aus der Gruppe bestehend aus Mg, Mn, Co und Mischungen davon sind.
     
    3. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei alle Alkoxidgruppen Methoxid oder Ethoxid sind.
     
    4. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, worin x/y im Bereich von 2,7 bis 3,5 liegt.
     
    5. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei das Molverhältnis der gemischten M1- und M2-Metalle zu den gemischten T1- und T2-Metallen 2,5:1 bis 3,5:1 ist.
     
    6. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei ein Abtrennmittel vorhanden ist und das inerte Reaktionsverdünnungsmittel ein Kohlenwasserstoff oder ein Halogenkohlenwasserstoff ist.
     
    7. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 6 beansprucht, wobei die Reaktion bei einer Reaktionstemperatur von 50 bis 120°C durchgeführt wird.
     
    8. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 6 oder Anspruch 7 beansprucht, wobei zusätzlich ein aliphatischer Alkohol in der Reaktion vorhanden ist.
     
    9. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 8 beansprucht, wobei der Alkohol aus Ethanol, Butanol und Mischungen davon ausgewählt wird.
     
    10. Verfahren wie in irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1, 6 und 9 beansprucht, wobei ein Abtrennmittel ausgewählt aus Kresol, 3-Methoxyphenol, 4-Dimethylaminophenol, 2,6-Di-tert.-butyl-4-methylphenol oder p-Chlorphenol, HCHO, CO2, B(OEt)3, SO2, Al(OEt)3, CO3=, Br-, (O2COEt)-, Si(OR)4, R'Si(OR)3 und P(OR)3, worin R und R' gleich oder verschieden sind und Methyl oder Ethyl sind, zusätzlich in der Reaktion vorhanden ist.
     
    11. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei eine Phenolverbindung ausgewählt aus Phenol, Halogenphenolen, C1-4-Alkylphenolen und Di(C1-4)-alkylaminophenolen zusätzlich in der Reaktion vorhanden ist.
     
    12. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei eine Phenolverbindung ausgewählt aus Phenol, p-Kresol, o-Kresol, 3-Methoxyphenol, Salicylaldehyd, Methylsalicylat, 2,6-Di-tert.-butyl-4-methylphenol, 2,4-Diethylphenol, p-Chlorphenol, p-Bromphenol, 2,4-Dichlorphenol, p-Dimethylaminophenol und m-Diethylaminophenol zusätzlich in der Reaktion vorhanden ist.
     
    13. Verfahren wie in Anspruch 1 beansprucht, wobei die Vorstufe gemäß der folgenden Reaktionsfolge gemacht wird:


    worin
    a + b + c + i + j + k = 3;
    p+q=2;
    R, R', R" jeweils einzeln eine Alkylgruppe mit 1 bis 10 Kohlenstoffatomen oder Mischungen davon sind;
    X aus einem Halogenid oder einem Alkoxid ausgewählt ist;
    M1 und M2 wie in Anspruch 1 definiert sind;
    Y aus Halogeniden, Alkoxiden und Abtrennmittelanionen ausgewählt ist;
    0,4 < d + e + f < 2;
    T1 und T2 wie in Anspruch 1 definiert sind;
    0,8 < d + e + f + l + m + n < 1,2;
    Z aus Halogeniden, Alkoxiden, Amiden und Mischungen davon ausgewählt ist;
    0 < g ≤ 2; mit der Maßgabe dass, wenn Y ein Abtrennmittelanion ist, dann
    0 < g + cq + kq < 2;
    R"OH ein Alkohol oder Mischungen davon ist; und
    0,5<h<8.
     
    14. Verfahren zur Herstellung eines Polymerisationsprokatalysators, umfassend die Herstellung eines gemischten Metallalkoxidkomplexes durch ein Verfahren wie in irgendeinem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche definiert und nach Abtrennung des festen Komplexes aus der Mischung und Trocknung, das Halogenieren des Komplexes.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de préparation d'un précurseur complexe alcoolate mixte de métaux comprenant :

    a) un composant mixte de métaux, représenté par la formule suivante :

            (M1M2)x(T1T2)y

    dans laquelle

    - M1 et M2 représentent des entités qui peuvent être identiques ou différentes et qui sont des atomes d'un ou de plusieurs métaux à l'état d'oxydation +2, choisis parmi Mg, Ca, Mn, Cu, Co et Zn,

    - T1 et T2 représentent des entités différentes qui sont des atomes d'un ou de plusieurs métaux à l'état d'oxydation +3, +4 ou +5, choisis parmi Ti+3, Ti+4, Zr, V+4, V+5, Sm, Fe, Sn, Ni, Rh, Co, Cr, Mo, W et Hf,

    - et le rapport molaire x/y vaut de 2,5 à 3,75,

    étant entendu que, si M1 et M2 représentent chacun Mg, T1 et T2 ne représentent ni Zr, ni Ti+4 ;

    b) et au moins une entité alcoolate et une entité chlorure qui forment un complexe avec le composant (a) ;

    lequel procédé comporte les étapes suivantes :

    i) mettre en contact, dans un diluant inerte servant de milieu réactionnel, un ou plusieurs alcoolates des métaux M1 et M2, un ou plusieurs alcoolates des métaux T1 et T2, et un halogénure choisi parmi ceux de formules TiCl3, TiCl4, VCl4, FeCl3, SnCl4, HfCl4, MnCl2, MgCl2 et SmCl3,

    ii) et séparer du mélange le complexe solide.


     
    2. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, pour lequel M1 et M2 représentent un ou plusieurs métaux choisis dans l'ensemble formé par le magnésium, le manganèse et le cobalt, ainsi que leurs mélanges.
     
    3. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, pour lequel tous les groupes alcoolate sont des groupes méthoxy ou éthoxy.
     
    4. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, pour lequel le rapport x/y se situe dans l'intervalle allant de 2,7 à 3,5.
     
    5. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, pour lequel le rapport molaire du mélange de métaux M1 et M2 au mélange de métaux T1 et T2 vaut de 2,5/1 à 3,5/1.
     
    6. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, dans lequel on opère en présence d'un agent de scission et le diluant inerte servant de milieu réactionnel est un hydrocarbure ou un hydrocarbure halogéné.
     
    7. Procédé conforme à la revendication 6, dans lequel la réaction s'effectue à une température de 50 à 120 °C.
     
    8. Procédé conforme à la revendication 6 ou 7, dans lequel la réaction s'effectue en outre en présence d'un alcool aliphatique.
     
    9. Procédé conforme à la revendication 8, dans lequel ledit alcool est choisi parmi de l'éthanol, du butanol et leurs mélanges.
     
    10. Procédé conforme à l'une des revendications 1, 6 et 9, dans lequel est en outre présent, lors de la réaction, un agent de scission choisi parmi les crésols, 3-méthoxy-phénol, 4-diméthylamino-phénol, 2,6-ditertiobutyl-4-méthyl-phénol et para-chloro-phénol et les composés de formules HCHO, CO2, B(OEt)3, SO2, Al(OEt)3, CO32-, Br-, (O2COEt)-, Si(OR4), R'Si(OR3) et P(OR)3, où R et R' représentent des entités identiques ou différentes qui sont des groupes méthyle ou éthyle.
     
    11. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, dans lequel est en outre présent, lors de la réaction, un composé phénolique choisi parmi le phénol, les halogénophénols, les (alkyle en C1-4)-phénols et les di(alkyle en C1-4)-amino-phénols.
     
    12. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, dans lequel est en outre présent, lors de la réaction, un composé phénolique choisi parmi les suivants : phénol, para-crésol, ortho-crésol, 3-méthoxy-phénol, aldéhyde salicylique, salicylate de méthyle, 2,6-ditertio-butyl-4-méthyl-phénol, 2,4-diéthyl-phénol, para-chloro-phénol, para-bromo-phénol, 2,4-dichlorophénol, para-diméthylamino-phénol et méta-diéthyl-amino-phénol.
     
    13. Procédé conforme à la revendication 1, dans lequel on prépare le précurseur selon la formule de réaction suivante :

    dans lequel :

    - la somme a + b + c + i + j + k vaut 3 ;

    - la somme p + q vaut 2 ;

    - R, R' et R" représentent chacun, individuellement, un groupe alkyle comportant 1 à 10 atomes de carbone ou un mélange de tels groupes ;

    - X représente une entité de type halogénure ou alcoolate ;

    - M1 et M2 ont la signification indiquée dans la revendication 1 ;

    - Y représente une entité choisie parmi les entités de type halogénure ou alcoolate et les anions qui sont des agents de scission ;

    - la somme d + e + f est supérieure à 0,4 et inférieure à 2 ;

    - T1 et T2 ont la signification indiquée dans la revendication 1 ;

    - la somme d + e + f + l + m + n est supérieure à 0,8 et inférieure à 1,2 ;

    - Z représente une entité choisie parmi les entités de type halogénure, alcoolate ou amidure et les mélanges de telles entités;

    - le coefficient g est supérieur à 0 et inférieur ou égal à 2, sous réserve que, si Y représente un anion agent de scission, la somme g + cq + kq soit supérieure à 0 et inférieure à 2 ;

    - R"OH représente un alcool ou un mélange d'alcools;

    - et le coefficient h est supérieur à 0,5 et inférieur à 8.


     
    14. Procédé de préparation d'un pro-catalyseur de polymérisation, qui comporte les étapes consistant à préparer un complexe alcoolate mixte de métaux, en opérant selon un procédé conforme à l'une des revendications précédentes, et après avoir séparé du mélange le complexe solide, à sécher ce complexe et lui faire subir une halogénation.
     




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