CEKOL® Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)
CEKOL® Cellulose Gum is a water-soluble polymer derived from wood and cotton cellulose by introducing carboxymethyl groups on the cellulose backbone. The formed anionic cellulose molecule hydrates and dissolves readily in water. CEKOL is refined to minimum 99.5% purity.
CEKOL has the ability to impart viscosity to aqueous solutions. CEKOL is pseudoplastic by nature and can have either thixotropic or non-thixotropic rheology.
By choosing the right CEKOL type, the formulator has the ability to achieve the desired rheology for any aqueous system, including suspensions and emulsions. Besides controlling the rheology, CEKOL is known for its excellent water retaining and film forming capacity.
CEKOL sodium carboxymethyl cellulose grades are classified as standard pharmaceutical grades. All CEKOL grades meet the requirements of carboxymethyl cellulose sodium for pharmaceutical use by USP/NF, Ph. Eur. and most other pharmacopoeias.
For toothpaste and oral care products manufacturers, special grades of CEKOL have been designed to address the individual needs of certain manufacturing conditions and specifications. CEKOL CMC grades have been optimized to provide the highest value of the commercially available binder types. CEKOL has excellent water binding properties and a rich, thick mouthfeel. Its versatility allows these products to be used in a wide variety of formulation, offering the manufacturer formulation robustness and process tolerance across a product line and manufacturing conditions.
CP Kelco manufacturing expertise allows us to create a very predictable product performance that allows the formation of highly thixotropic gels. This controlled reactivity allows the formulator to achieve functionality at very low use levels, supporting an attractive cost-in-use position.