Acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) is used to fix each layer of a flexible display. Acrylic PSA needs to satisfy specific elongation and recovery requirements so that reliability of the flexible display can be achieved. For this reason, we aimed to design an acrylic PSA/acrylic elastomer (AE) blend and to study how some viscoelastic and adhesion properties are influenced by the AE content into the mixed, blended system. Samples were characterized by UV–Vis spectrophotometry for transmittance, texture analysis for adhesion performances, and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) for recovery and viscoelasticity. When acrylic PSA/AE was simply blended, the adhesion performance changed due to the influence of the long molecular chains of AE. Based on this result, the AE content was fixed at 10 wt %, and acrylic PSA prepolymer was crosslinked at different concentrations of crosslinking agent. Peel strength and probe tack decreased as the concentration of crosslinking agent increased, as reported in previous studies. On the other hand, as the content of the crosslinking agent increased, recovery characteristics were improved. Additionally, as the content of the crosslinking agent increased, the storage modulus also increased, although the glass-transition temperature was not affected. According to these findings, we successfully proved the possibility of using AE to adjust adhesion performance and recovery of acrylic PSA for designing flexible displays.
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