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WARF: P01058US

Silylenes and Germylenes for Catalysis of Olefin Polymerization


INVENTORS -

Robert West, Daniel Moser, Michael Havey

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a method of using divalent silicon and germanium compounds to catalyze olefin polymerization reactions.
OVERVIEWTypically, a catalyst is required to polymerize olefins.  However, current catalysts are inefficient, complex and expensive.
THE INVENTIONUW-Madison researchers have developed a method of using divalent silicon and germanium compounds to catalyze olefin polymerization reactions.  Specifically, the method uses a cyclic silylene or cyclic germylene in the presence of terminal alkene or alkyne monomers as a catalyst to synthesize olefin polymers.
APPLICATIONS
  • Olefin polymerization
KEY BENEFITS
  • Catalysis reactions will run effectively at a silylene or germylene concentration of 4 percent and perhaps even lower concentrations.
  • Silylene molecules can polymerize ethylene, propylene, butylene, as well as heavier alkene monomers.
  • Silylene and germylene catalysts are much more efficient, less complex, relatively easy to make and less expensive than currently used catalysts.
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Contact Information
For current licensing status, please contact Mark Staudt at mstaudt@warf.org or 608-960-9845.
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