Methylalumoxane - History, Production, Properties, and Applications

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Zijlstra HS, Harder S
Journal: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag
Publication year: 2015
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 19-43
ISSN: 1434-1948


Since its discovery, methylalumoxane (MAO) has become of great importance as a cocatalyst in homogeneous olefin polymerization. The working principles of single-site polymerization catalysts are well-understood, but those of the cocatalyst MAO itself are not. Thus far structural and functional investigations have yielded limited insights and often give contradicting results. MAO's complex nature is due to multiple equilibria between undefined oligomers and free trimethylaluminum. Fundamental studies do not clearly portray the molecular structure, and the exact functioning of MAO remains a topic of debate. This comprehensive overview starts with the historical background of MAO and then focuses on its synthesis and large-scale production, structural characterization, properties, and different roles in the activation of olefin polymerization catalysts. Also given is an overview of potential modifications, immobilization on surfaces, and other alternative applications that have been reported for MAO.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Harder, Sjoerd Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Anorganische und Metallorganische Chemie

External institutions with authors

University of Groningen / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

How to cite

Zijlstra, H.S., & Harder, S. (2015). Methylalumoxane - History, Production, Properties, and Applications. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 1, 19-43.

Zijlstra, Harmen S., and Sjoerd Harder. "Methylalumoxane - History, Production, Properties, and Applications." European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 1 (2015): 19-43.


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