Whatman® Qualitative Filter Paper

Whatman® qualitative filter papers are cellulose filters are used in qualitative analytical techniques to determine and identify materials.

What is Qualitative Filter Paper?
Qualitative filter papers are what most users would consider general purpose filter papers. There are a vast range of applications in and out of the laboratory. Composed of cellulose fiber, these filters are manufactured from high-quality cotton linters treated to maximize alpha cellulose.

Alpha cellulose is the most stable form of cellulose, with the highest degree of polymerization. Cellulose paper made from a high percentage of alpha cellulose, such as Whatman paper, is a sign of high quality and consistency.

Qualitative filter paper grades are based on various properties including particle retention, thickness, and weight. Unlike quantitative filter papers, of which ashless grades can be burned off for analytical applications, qualitative papers are more suited for general purpose use.

Different Types of Whatman® Qualitative Filter Paper & their Properties
The most common qualitative paper grades are 1-6, 595, 597, 598, and 602, which have applications across multiple industries. Below are summaries of the grade properties and common uses.