Dinuclear complexes consisting of an α-diimine complex unit with different ortho
substituents at the aryl rings and a half sandwich complex unit were prepared, activated with
methylaluminoxane (MAO) and tested for the polymerization of ethylene. The dinuclear catalysts
bearing zirconium centers showed higher ethylene polymerization activities than the analogous
titanium catalysts. Among the dinuclear catalysts with the same metal centers, the bulkier ortho
substituents at the aryl moiety gave lower polymerization activities. The GPC spectra of the
polyethylenes produced with the dinuclear catalysts displayed bimodal molecular weight
distributions due to different active sites.