Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose

Other Trading Names: 

  • HEC
  • Natrosol
  • Cellosize
  • Culminal
  • Bermocoll
  • Tylose

CAS Number: 9004-62-0

HS Code: 39123929

Types of Packaging:

  • 25kg bag
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Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose

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Product Name

Hydroxyethyl Cellulose HEC

Physical Form

white powder

Viscosity (2% mPa.S)


Gel temperature /°C


pH Value




Moisture Content (%)

5% max

Water content (%)



Water Retention, High Adhesive,Anti-slip,Excellent Workability



Chemical Description

  • Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose (HEC), with the chemical formula (C6H10O5)n, is a nonionic, water-soluble polymer made from cellulose, known for its environmentally friendly and biodegradable properties.
  • This versatile polymer has excellent thickening, suspending, stabilizing, and film-forming properties, making it essential in a variety of industries.
  • Widely used in the architectural field, HEC ​​acts as an important thickener and water retention agent in cement-based mortars, plasters and tile adhesives, improving workability and reducing sagging.
  • In the paint and coatings sector,Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose acts as a rheology modifier, providing excellent pigment suspension, anti-settling and anti-splash properties.
  • Its presence in personal care and cosmetics is characterized by its role as a thickener and stabilizer in creams, lotions, shampoos and shower gels, improving texture and stability.
  • It ​​is compatible with a wide range of surfactants, salts, and pH levels, providing formulators with flexibility and ease of use.
  • In pharmaceutical applications, It acts as a binder, film former, and viscosity modifier in tablet coatings, oral suspensions, and topical formulations to ensure consistent drug delivery and patient adherence.
  • Its benefits extend to the food industry, where it acts as a thickener and stabilizer in sauces, dressings, and dairy products, improving texture and mouthfeel.
  • The shear-thinning behavior of  HEC ​​makes it easy to apply and disperse in a variety of formulations, making it amenable to stress-related thinning.
  • Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose ​​is available in a variety of grades and viscosities, allowing formulators to tailor its performance to specific application requirements.
  • This soluble polymer is soluble in both cold and hot water and can be quickly and easily dispersed in formulations without the need for high shear mixing equipment.
  • Apart from the notable chemical composition, Hydroxyl Ether Cellulose formulations may contain varying proportions of HeNaCl and water depending on specific product requirements.
  • Due to its diverse properties, environmental sustainability, and customizable performance,  HEC ​​remains a preferred choice for formulators looking to improve product quality and functionality in many industries.
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