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Hydroxyethyl Cellulose 

Hydroxyethyl cellulose(HEC) is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose. HEC is non-ionic, water-soluble materials that provide good properties of thickening, suspending, binding, emulsify, film-forming, stabilize, disperse, retain water and etc. And It is widely used in coatings, construction,, papermaking and polymer polymerization industry. 

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As one of professional Hydroxyethyl cellulose suppliers, Baojie provides series of high quality HEC products to meet several industries for our customers around the world. 

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Properties of Hydroxyethyl Cellulose:

Water Solubility: HEC is highly soluble in water, forming clear and viscous solutions. Its solubility allows for easy incorporation into aqueous systems and facilitates the desired functionalities in various applications.

Thickening Ability: HEC exhibits excellent thickening properties. When added to a liquid, it can increase its viscosity, providing enhanced stability and better control over the rheology of the system.

Rheology Modifier: HEC acts as a rheology modifier, influencing the flow behavior of liquids. It can impart shear-thinning or pseudoplastic characteristics, improving the spreadability, coating properties, and application ease of the formulated products.

Film-Forming Capability: HEC can form transparent and flexible films when dried. This property is valuable in applications where a protective or barrier layer is required, such as in coatings, adhesives, and personal care products.

pH Stability: HEC remains stable over a wide pH range, making it suitable for applications in both acidic and alkaline environments. It retains its thickening and stabilizing properties, ensuring consistent performance across different pH levels.

Compatibility: HEC is compatible with a wide range of materials and additives commonly used in various industries. It can be easily combined with other polymers, surfactants, and ingredients, allowing for versatile formulation possibilities.

Applications of Hydroxyethyl Cellulose:

Paints and Coatings: HEC is commonly used as a thickener and rheology modifier in water-based paints and coatings. It improves the flow properties, leveling, and brushability of the formulations, enhancing their overall performance and appearance.

Personal Care Products: HEC is widely used in personal care and cosmetic products such as shampoos, body washes, creams, and lotions. It acts as a thickener, stabilizer, and film-forming agent, providing texture, viscosity, and moisture retention properties.

Adhesives: HEC is employed in adhesive formulations to improve their viscosity, tackiness, and bond strength. It enhances the adhesion properties and provides a consistent application experience in various adhesive applications.

Construction Materials: HEC finds applications in construction materials such as tile adhesives, cement-based renders, and gypsum products. It improves the workability, water retention, and adhesion properties of these formulations, contributing to their performance and durability.

Detergents and Cleaning Products: HEC is added to detergents and cleaning products to provide thickening, foam stabilization, and rheological control. It improves the viscosity and stability of liquid formulations and enhances their performance during use.

Textile and Paper Industry: HEC is utilized in textile and paper manufacturing processes. It acts as a thickener, binder, and film-forming agent, improving the texture, strength, and printability of textiles and paper products.


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