Optically clear adhesives (OCAs) are key components of touch screen panels (TSPs). It is important that OCAs do not affect the transparent electrodes in TSPs because OCAs are contacted to the transparent electrodes. Therefore, N-vinyl caprolactam (NVC) was incorporated in the composition of an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) with excluding an acidic component to maintain the cohesion for OCA preparation. With increasing amounts of NVC, the tack and peel strength of UV-cured PSA increased, but high amounts of NVC led to decreased peel strength. The UV-cured PSA films were placed in a high temperature and humidity chamber for 8 weeks to investigate the durability and corrosion property under hygrothermal conditions. In this study, the corrosion test method using copper foil was suggested as a simple and economical method and was used to evaluate the effect of NVC on the corrosion property of PSA. This method helped identify suitable OCAs that do not have corrosive property. PSA films containing more than 20wt% of NVC promoted the corrosion of copper foil under hygrothermal aging conditions. The caprolactam ring was opened by moisture, and the PSA structure morphed into a polar structure during the aging process. This change caused a glass transition shift, an increase in the storage modulus at the rubbery plateau, and an increase in peel strength. The surface free energy of the PSA films also increased due to the increase in the polar property. However, high amounts of NVC caused a decrease in the peel strength after 8 weeks of aging because of increased molecular interactions.
International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives – Elsevier
Published: Dec 1, 2015
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