METHOCEL™

Providing Efficient Approaches to Varied Needs

METHOCEL™ cellulose ethers include methylcellulose (MC) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) polymers with solubilities ranging from water-soluble to organosoluble. METHOCEL ™ is an excellent rheology modifier, binder, film former, and water-retention agent. In addition, it has a few stand-out qualities. METHOCEL™ does not need hot water to dissolve; it is highly soluble in cold water. Therefore, energy can be conserved in dissolving the product. Another stand-out quality of METHOCEL™ is that once it is gelled by heat, it is able to revert back to liquid form when cooling. Many other thickeners do not have that flexibility.

Product Features

Feature: Acts as a barrier to agglomeration
Benefit: Yields protective colloidal action for and suspension of insoluble powders
Feature: Film former – dries clear
Benefit: Clear films can lock in moisture and exclude oily contaminants
Feature: Imparts lubricity to high solids systems
Benefit: Acts as a pumping aid and as an extrusion aid for various pastes, e.g. ceramics
Feature: Nonionic thickener and rheology modifier
Benefit: Both solution viscosity and rheology profile can be precisely controlled
Feature: Reduces surface tension of water
Benefit: Acts as a surfactant in aqueous systems providing emulsification and phase stabilization
Feature: Thermal gelation
Benefit: Can revert back to solution upon cooling
Feature: Wide pH acceptance (pH 2-13)
Benefit: Will not cause insoluble ionic precipitates

Grades

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Name Key Properties Documentation
228 Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener. Yields viscosity of 5000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
240 Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 40,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
240S Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 40,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
311 Granular Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with the highest substitution. Yields viscosity of 7,500 cP at very low addition levels. Granular form. SDS TDS*
311 Powder Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with the highest substitution. Yields viscosity of 7,500 cP at very low addition levels. SDS TDS*
856N Highly substituted Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener. Yields viscosity of 75,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A15C Food grade Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 1,500 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A15LV Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 15 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A15LV Premium Pharmaceutical grade Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 15 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A4C Food grade Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 400 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A4C Premium Pharmaceutical grade Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 400 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A4M Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
A4M Premium Pharmaceutical grade Methylcellulose thickener Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS* TDS*
CERAVANCE™ 6350 Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose thickener designed for ceramic extrusion. Yields viscosity of 32,000 mPas at low addition levels. SDS* TDS*
CERAVANCE™ 6800 Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose thickener designed for ceramic extrusion. Yields viscosity of 9,000 mPas at low addition levels. SDS* TDS*
E4M Premium Pharmaceutical grade, highly subsituted Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener. Yeilds visocosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels SDS* TDS*
E5 Premium LV Pharmaceutical grade, highly substituted Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener. Yields viscosity of 5 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
E50 Premium LV Pharmaceutical grade, highly subsituted Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener. Yeilds visocosity of 50 cP at low addition levels SDS* TDS*
F4M Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
F4M Food Grade Food grade Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
F4M PRG Paint remover grade of Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
F4M PRM Pharmaceutical grade Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yeilds visocosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels SDS* TDS*
F50 Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 50 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
F50 Food Grade Food grade Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yields viscosity of 50 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
F50 Premium LV Pharmaceutical grade Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with medium substitution. Yeilds visocosity of 50 cP at low addition levels SDS* TDS*
J12MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with very high substitution. Yields viscosity of 12,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
J20MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with very high substitution. Yields viscosity of 20,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS* TDS*
J5MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with very high substitution. Yields viscosity of 5,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
J75MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with very high substitution. Yields viscosity of 75,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
J75MSN Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with very high substitution. Yields viscosity of 75,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
K100LV Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 100 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
K15M Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 15,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
K15MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 15,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
K4M Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. SDS TDS*
K4MS Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) thickener with low substitution. Yields viscosity of 4,000 cP at low addition levels. Surface treated to enhance gloss. SDS TDS*
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