44th Annual Virtual Meeting | The Adhesion Society

February 22. - 25.

44th Annual Virtual Meeting | The Adhesion Society


The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society will be held on February 22-25 on a virtual conference platform. The online event will include a short course, poster sessions, exhibitors, a student award symposium, and concurrent technical sessions.


This premiere event will feature researchers, scholars, and students from around the globe to:
  • promote the advancement of the science and technology of adhesion and the dissemination of that knowledge.
  • promote education and training in the science and technology of adhesion.
  • provide recognition of accomplishments in the international adhesion science and technology community.



February 24, 2021 | 11:55 AM to 12:20 PM ET

Surface Characterization of Arylic Acid Content in Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Raymond Sanedrin

Senior Scientist, KRÜSS

In the automotive and aeronautical industries, the use of composite materials as an alternative to metals is constantly explored owing to the lightweight, strength, durability, and long-term stability of these materials.  Bonding to these surfaces, however, is a challenge due to their low surface free energies where peeling and delamination problems are often observed.  The use of pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) as bonding material has been widely explored owing to the ease of use and high strength of these materials and these materials are constantly being developed to enhance their adhesive properties.  Herein, we explored the correlation between the concentration of the acrylic acid and the surface polarity of the PSA surface, which is important for the development of these materials and the optimization of the PSA surface that will be bonded with a substrate of interest.  In this study, we used both the sessile drop and the tensiometric based methods to look at the wetting behavior of these surface and determine the polarity of the PSA surface with respect acrylic acid concentration.  We will show that while the sessile drop method is excellent in determining the wettability of water on the PSA surface, no clear distinction can be deduced on its correlation with acrylic acid concentration due to polymer side chain orientation.  On the other hand, using dynamic contact angles method, a clear correlation can be seen between the effect on surface polarity of the PSA surface with acrylic acid content.  With increasing acrylic acid concentration, a decrease in water contact angles was observed.