Hydroxyethyl cellulose

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Hydroxyethyl cellulose
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Names
Other names
Cellulose, hydroxyethyl ether; hydroxyethylcellulose; 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose; hyetellose
Identifiers
ChEBI
ChemSpider
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ECHA InfoCard 100.116.562
E number E1525 (additional chemicals)
Properties
variable
Molar mass variable
Melting point 140 °C (284 °F; 413 K)
Hazards
Safety data sheet MSDS
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Hydroxyethyl cellulose, also known by the trade name Natrosol, is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose. It is widely used in cosmetics, cleaning solutions, and other household products.[1] Hydroxyethyl cellulose and methyl cellulose are frequently used with hydrophobic drugs in capsule formulations, to improve the drugs' dissolution in the gastrointestinal fluids. This process is known as hydrophilization.[2]

Hydroxyethyl cellulose is one of the main ingredients in the personal lubricant KY Jelly. It is also a key ingredient in the formation of big bubbles as it possesses the ability to dissolve in water but also provide structural strength to the soap bubble. Amongst other similar chemicals, it is often used as slime (and gunge, in the UK), a gooey substance often used on television and in fundraising events which is poured over individuals with the aim of causing embarrassment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Record in the Household Products Database of NLM
  2. ^ "Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose". ashland.com. Retrieved 12 May 2018.