Emulsion Polymerization

Reliable protective colloids with consistent performance

Synthetic latices, used e.g. as binders in paints and adhesives, can be characterized as aqueous dispersions of polymer particles produced by a chemical process known as emulsion polymerization. In this process, monomers are converted into polymers in an aqueous emulsion system in the presence of emulsion stabilizers and catalyzed by water-soluble radical initiators.

Our Solutions

CELLOSIZE™ hydroxyethyl cellulose is used as part of the latex stabilizer system where it acts as a protective colloid. CELLOSIZE™ contributes to both stability and rheology of the system.

CELLOSIZE™ is available in a wide range of grades, allowing the selection of the appropriate protective colloid for any given application requirement of stability and rheology. The narrow specification limits of the various CELLOSIZE™ grades offer a highly reproducible and reliable product needed for the production of emulsion polymers.



Stabilizer and rheology modifier; Narrow specification limits

Protective colloid in the emulsion polymerization of vinyl homopolymers and vinyl copolymers, including vinylacrylics but also in the polymerization of acrylics.

Your Applications

CELLOSIZE™ hydroxyethyl cellulose function as a protective colloid used as part of the latex stabilizer system. The broad range of available CELLOSIZE™ grades and their narrow specifications allow the selection of the ideal stabilizer for a given system.
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Dow and ChemPoint formed a strategic partnership in April 2014 to establish a new order, delivery and service model, specifically designed to meet customer needs in industrial applications, for CELLOSIZE™ hydroxyethyl cellulose polymers, ETHOCEL™ ethylcellulose polymers, METHOCEL™ cellulose ethers, POLYOX™ water-soluble polymers, and WALOCEL™ CRT products. Our collective goal is to enhance the customer experience by providing a higher degree of service and support powered by a dedicated technical marketing & sales team focused exclusively on Dow’s cellulosic and poly(ethylene oxide) offerings in industrial applications. 

The industrial cellulosics team at ChemPoint acts as a fully-integrated extension of Dow and is always available to facilitate customer needs for product selection, technical support, order placement and fulfillment. In addition, our customers receive needed support from ChemPoint’s customer service and supply chain professionals to ensure on-time delivery and high service levels.