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2-Hydroxyethyl cellulose

average Mw ~380,000

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Viscosity:300 - 400 cps, c = 2%; Water at 25° C

autoignition temp.

725 °F

mol wt

average Mw ~380,000

extent of labeling

1.0 mol per mol cellulose (D.S.)
2.0 mol per mol cellulose (M.S.)


288-290 °C (dec.)


0.6 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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General description

2-Hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) is a water soluble biopolymer that is majorly used as a thickener and an adhesive. It has water retention which also includes good film forming ability for protective covering.
Non-ionic water soluble polymer. Aqueous solutions are pseudoplastic. Readily disperses without lumping.


25, 500 g in poly bottle


Thickener, protective colloid, binder, stabilizer and suspending agent.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Chemical modification of cellulose extracted from sugarcane bagasse: Preparation of hydroxyethyl cellulose
Abdel-Halim ES
Arabian Journal of Chemistry, 7(3), 362-371 (2014)
Distribution of substituents in O-(2-hydroxyethyl) cellulose
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Casein phosphopeptide stabilised amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) has been shown to remineralise enamel subsurface lesions. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a paste containing 10% CPP-ACP (Toothmousse; GC) on enamel surface microhardness in vitro. Thirty
Julian Kirch et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(45), 18355-18360 (2012-10-24)
In this study, the mobility of nanoparticles in mucus and similar hydrogels as model systems was assessed to elucidate the link between microscopic diffusion behavior and macroscopic penetration of such gels. Differences in particle adhesion to mucus components were strongly
Maria Teresa Calejo et al.
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The cytotoxicity of three lysine-derived surfactants with a gemini-like structure was evaluated on HeLa cells. The half maximal effective concentration (EC(50)) was estimated from the dose-response curves and the values indicated an increase in toxicity with the increase in alkyl

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