In this study, miscibility and tack of blends of poly (vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP)/acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) were evaluated. For this purpose, appropriate amounts of PVP (2-30% w/w) were added to an acrylic PSA to obtain visually homogeneous solution. The resulting solution was evenly applied on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film with final specific thicknesses of 10, 40, and 70 μm by using a film applicator and miscibility as well as tack values were evaluated. With the addition of 2% (w/w) PVP the tack value decreased and increased in 5% (w/w) PVP and then continuously decreased up to 30%(w/w). It was found that the tack value was related to miscibility as well as to viscosity and the free functional group such as hydroxyl group of the blend. By the morphological analysis performed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and also by the study of thermal analysis using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) behavior of blends, it was found that the two distinct phases constituted after adding 5% (w/w) of PVP. This resulted in the acrylic PSA forming the continuous phase, and by increasing the concentration of PVP a dispersed phase was developed. The dispersed phase has a higher viscosity than the continuous phase and therefore cannot wet the adherent and hence result in lowering the tack values. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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