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Dual-curable acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives based on UV and thermal processes


Several dual-curable acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA) were synthesized by the radical polymerization of acrylic monomers containing benzophenone, hydroxyl, and alkyl groups. The optimum extent of UV-induced cure was determined by varying the content of the benzophenone groups (the photoinitiator) from 0.5 to 1.5 wt%. The weight average molecular weight of the polymers obtained ranged from 300,000 to 700,000 amu. The coated pressure-sensitive adhesives were cured either by short UV exposure to induce the grafting of acrylic polymers, or by heating for 6 h at 60 °C to promote the reactions between the polyisocyanates and hydroxyl groups. The dual-curing behavior was determined by monitoring both processes quantitatively by infrared spectroscopy. The developed dual-curable acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives were found to compensate for the limitations in UV-induced curing of thick coatings.

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Kim, Y., Park, S., Kim, H. et al. Dual-curable acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesives based on UV and thermal processes. Macromol. Res. 16, 128–133 (2008).

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  • pressure-sensitive adhesives
  • acrylic
  • cure/hardening
  • UV
  • polyurethane