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Acc Chem Res. 2005 Oct;38(10):784-93.

Catalytic ethylene dimerization and oligomerization: recent developments with nickel complexes containing P,N-chelating ligands.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (UMR 7513 CNRS), Université Louis Pasteur, 4 rue Blaise Pascal, F-67070 Strasbourg Cédex, France, and Institut Français du Pétrole, Direction Catalyse et Séparation, IFP-Lyon, BP 3, F-69390 Vernaison, France.


Catalytic ethylene oligomerization represents a topic of considerable current academic and industrial interest, in particular for the production of linear alpha-olefins in the C4-C10 range, whose demand is growing fast. Identifying and fine-tuning the parameters that influence the activity and selectivity of metal catalysts constitute major challenges at the interface between ligand design, coordination/organometallic chemistry, and homogeneous catalysis. In this Account, we show how comparative studies aiming at modulating the coordinating properties of functional ligands for a metal, such as nickel, which is used in industrial processes, lead to beneficial effects in catalytic ethylene oligomerization.

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