What is Cellulose ether?
Cellulose ethers are water-soluble polymers derived from cellulose, the most abundant polymer in nature. For a long time these versatile products have played an important role in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, latex paints, construction products, ceramics, and a host of other applications. Cellulose products are used as thickeners, binders, film formers, and water-retention agents. They also function as suspension aids, surfactants, lubricants, protective colloids, and emulsifiers. In addition, solutions of cellulose thermally gel, a unique property that plays a key role in a surprising variety of applications.
Celopro® Cellulose ether is a kind of product directly derived from a thought that it is friendly with nature and with wonderful qualities not found in nature. There are many kinds of plants living on our planet and all of them contain natural polymers known as cellulose which act as their major component. Cellulose has the superior property of having a robust structure, while being friendly with water.
People have been using cellulose polymers in a processed wood, cotton products, paper, etc. from a long time ago. Cellulose, unlike other types of natural polymers, such as starch and gums stemming from the same plant origin, fails to dissolve in water.
Celopro MHEC, HEC and HPMC are water-soluble polymer which is produced by treating water-insoluble cellulose chemically. Celopro Cellulose ethers when dissolved in water, offers a variety of functions such as thickening, surface activity, protective colloid, water retention, shape retention, etc, and these functions have been used in wide variety of fields from civil engineering and construction industry, ceramics to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals food, etc.