Hotmelt pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) usually contain styrenic block copolymers like styrene–isoprene–styrene (SIS), SBS, SEBS, tackifier, oil, and additives. These block copolymers individually reveal no tack. Therefore, a tackifier is a low molecular weight material with high glass transition temperature (Tg), and imparts the tacky property to PSA. The SIS block copolymer with different diblocks was blended with hydrogenated dicyclopentadiene (H-DCPD tackifier), which has three kinds of Tg. PSA performance was evaluated by probe tack, peel strength, and shear adhesion failure temperature. PSA is a viscoelastic material, so that its performance is significantly related to the viscoelastic properties of PSAs. We tested the viscoelastic properties by dynamic mechanical analysis and the thermal properties by differential scanning calorimeter to investigate the relation between viscoelastic properties and PSA performance. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl PolymSci 102: 2839–2846, 2006
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