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Title: Characterizing the Distribution of Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Surfactants in Water-Based Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Films using Atomic-Force and Confocal Raman Microscopy

Source: J. Phys. Chem. B2008, 112, 11907-11914; 2008

Author(s)Xu, Guizhen H.; Dong, Jinping; Zhang, Jiguang; Severtson, Steven J.; Houtman, Carl J.; Gwin, Larry E.

Publication Year: 2008  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4709-4A

Abstract: Surfactant distributions in model pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) films were investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and confocal Raman microscopy (CRM). The PSAs are water-based acrylics synthesized with n-butyl acrylate, vinyl acetate, and methacrylic acid and two commercially available surfactants, disodium (nonylphenoxypolyethoxy)ethyl sulfosuccinate (anionic) and nonylphenoxypoly(ethyleneoxy) ethanol (nonionic). The ratio of these surfactants was varied, while the total surfactant content was held constant. AFM images demonstrate the tendency of anionic surfactant to accumulate at the film surfaces and retard latex particle coalescence. CRM, which was introduced here as a means of providing quantitative depth profiling of surfactant concentration in latex adhesive films, confirms that the anionic surfactant tends to migrate to the film interfaces. This is consistent with its greater water solubility, which causes it to be transported by convective flow during the film coalescence process. The behavior of the nonionic surfactant is consistent with its greater compatibility with the polymer, showing little enrichment at film interfaces and little lateral variability in concentration measurements made via CRM. Surfactant distributions near film interfaces determined via CRM are well fit by an exponential decay model, in which concentrations drop from their highs at interfaces to plateau values in the film bulk. It was observed that decay constants are larger at the film-air interface compared with those obtained at the film-substrate side indicating differences in the mechanism involved. In general, it is shown here that CRM acts as a powerful compliment to AFM in characterizing the distribution of surfactant species in PSA film formation.

Keywords: Surface active agents; glue; adhesion; adhesives; testing; pressure-sensitive adhesives; acrylic resins; vinyl acetate; methacrylic acid; solubility; latex; coatings; bond strength; bonding; Disodium(nonylphenoxypolyethoxy)ethyl sulfosuccinate; nonylphenoxypoly(ethyleneoxy) ethanol; atomic force microscopy; AFM; confocal Raman microscopy; CRM

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 377 kb(s)

Date posted: 02/09/2010

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RITS Product ID: 31909
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Houtman, Carl J.
Chemical Engineer

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