Methyl Cellulose

Methyl Cellulose is a non-digestible, non-toxic chemical compound derived from cellulose. In its pure form the hydrophilic white powder dissolves in cold water to form a clear viscous solution or gel. It does not dissolve in hot water. The versatile compound is sold under a variety of trade names and has a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. Its molecular formula is C29H54O16 and its CAS number is 9004-67-5.



Methyl cellulose is synthetically produced by heating cellulose with a caustic solution (e.g. a solution of sodium hydroxide) and treating it with methyl chloride. The compound does not occur naturally. Different kinds of methyl cellulose (also known as methylcellulose) can be prepared depending on the number of hydroxyl groups that are substituted.

The variety of consumer and industrial uses for Methyl cellulose include thickener and emulsifier in hair shampoos, toothpaste, and liquid soaps; as a performance additive in construction materials like mortar and other dry mixes, adhesives, plasters and stucco; mild glue; wallpaper pastes; as a binder in pastel crayons and medications; and in chemistry as a buffer additive in capillary electrophoresis.


Methyl cellulose is available for shipping throughout the continental United States with one (1) week lead time. Please call (401) 360-2800 for details. Methyl cellulose is a dry, white powder packed in 25 kg bags. Special packaging is available on request.


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