PURPOSE: To provide an improved polymerization catalyst for carrying out an improved molecular weight control of an alpha-olefin polymer.
CONSTITUTION: The polymerization catalyst is a catalytic mixture resulting from contacting a pyridine compound, a clay compound and an organo-nickel compound. The catalytic mixture is contacted with an alpha-olefin under polymerization conditions to produce a polymer. The alpha-olefin, which can be polymerized by this invention is a linear or branched alpha-olefin with 2 to about 16 carbon atoms in a molecule.
Knudsen, Ronald D.
Shveima, Joseph S.