Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) is a white, odourless, tasteless powder created through the modification of cellulose. Cellulose is a natural polymer – long chains or structures made up of multiple molecules strung together.
Also known as Hypromellose, it is an emulsifier, thickening and suspending agent with a variety of applications from food to cosmetic uses.
An aqueous product which forms colloids when dissolved in water. When heated the solution congeals into a non-flowable but semi-flexible mass.
Hypromellose has a multiple use including but not limited to: Food, Cosmetic, Eye Drops, Contact Lenses, Tile adhesives, Cement Renders, Detergents & Cleaners, Pains & Coatings, Pharmaceutical and Gypsum products.
An ideal vegan alternative to gelatine in medicines and supplements; as a treatment for dry eye syndrome and as a gluten replacement in gluten-free bread (improves the elasticity, stability, volume and moisture retention).
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose is an EU and FDA-approved food additive and is considered non-toxic to humans.
Chemical & Physical Qualities:
Physical form: powder
Assay: 90 – 99%
Ash (as NA2SO4): 1.5% Max
Methoxyl: 19 – 24%
Hydroxypropyl: 4 – 12%
Moisture as packed: 10.0% Max
Sodium Chloride: 2.0% Max
pH: 5.0 – 8.0
2% Viscosity, (LVT, 20C): 3000 - 5600 mPas
Typical 2% viscosity, (RVT, 20°C) : 4000 mPas
Gelation Temperature: 70 – 90C
Lead: 2 ppm Max
Arsenic: 3 ppm Max
Cadmium: 1 ppm Max
Mercury: 1 ppm Max
Particle Size retained on 72 Mesh: 10% Max
Total Plate Count: 5000 cfu/g Max
Yeasts & Moulds: 500 cfu/g Max
Coliforms: 100 cfu/g Max
E. coli: Absent /g
Salmonella: Absent /25g
Material Safety Data Sheets for all products are available here.
Storage & Expiration
Storage & Expiration
Store the powder in a cool, dry place away from heat and sunlight. If exposed to humid conditions, the product will absorb moisture, lump together and lose most of its useful properties. When stored properly, the powder typically has a 12-month shelf-life.
We aim to dispatch all orders within 24-48hrs Monday to Friday.
Standard - Delivery within 5 business days from dispatch
Express - Delivery within 2 business dayfrom dispatch.
Next Day - Delivery next business day if ordered by midday.
* Business days are Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays.
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