Methyl hydroxyethyl cellulose (MHEC) is a non-ionic methyl cellulose ether that is easily soluble in both hot and cold water. MHEC is commonly used as thickening, suspending, dispersing, bonding, emulsifying, film-forming, and water retention. Compared with other cellulose ethers, methyl cellulose derivatives have slight Newtonian flow characteristics and can provide relatively high shear viscosity. The water retention, viscosity stability and mildew resistance, dispersibility of MHEC is stronger than Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC).MHEC has Good anti-sagging effect, long open time, high early strength, high temperature adaptability, easy to stir, easy to operate when adding to drymix mortars.
Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (MHEC) has a wide range of industrial applications due to its unique properties. Some of its most common applications include:
MHEC is used in cement and mortar formulations as a thickener, water retention agent, and binder. It improves the workability, adhesion, and strength of the concrete, as well as reduces the risk of cracking and shrinkage.
MHEC is used in personal care products such as shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics as a thickener and emulsifier. It can also be used as a film-forming agent in hair styling products.
MHEC is used as a binder and coating agent in tablet formulations. It can improve the dissolution rate and bioavailability of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).
MHEC is used in paint and coating formulations as a thickener, binder, and rheology modifier. It can improve the viscosity and leveling of the paint, as well as reduce splashing and dripping.
MHEC is used as a drilling fluid additive to control viscosity and prevent fluid loss.
MHEC is used as a sizing agent in the textile industry to improve the weaving and processing of fabrics.
MHEC is readily soluble in water, forming a clear, colorless solution.
MHEC has a high viscosity, making it an effective thickener in a wide range of applications.
MHEC is stable under a wide range of conditions, including high temperature and pH.
MHEC can form a thin, uniform film when it dries, making it useful in various applications, such as in the personal care industry.
MHEC is compatible with many other materials, including other cellulose ethers, starch, and many organic and inorganic compounds.
MHEC has excellent water retention properties, making it useful in applications where water needs to be retained, such as in construction applications.