hydroxypropyl methylcellulose have different gelation temperature

Gel temperature is an essential indicator of cellulose ether. The cellulose ether aqueous solution has thermal gel properties. As the temperature rises, the viscosity continues to decrease. When the temperature of the solution reaches a certain value, the cellulose ether solution is no longer uniform and transparent but forms a white gum and finally loses viscosity. Gel temperature test method: Prepare a cellulose ether sample with a concentration of 0.2% cellulose ether solution, and slowly heat it in a water bath until the solution appears white turbid or even white gel and completely loses viscosity. Currently, the temperature of the solution is the fiber Gel temperature of plain ether. The overall gel temperature of HEMC is slightly higher than that of HPMC. Generally, the gel temperature of HPMC is 60℃~75℃, and that of HEMC is 75℃~90℃.

The ratio of methoxy and hydroxypropyl content of HPMC negatively affects the water solubility, water retention capacity, surface activity, and gel temperature of the product. Generally, HPMC with high methoxy content and low hydroxypropyl content has good water solubility and surface activity, but low gel temperature; Appropriately increasing the hydroxypropyl content and reducing the methoxy content can increase the gel temperature, but if the hydroxypropyl content is too high, it will lower the gel temperature and deteriorate the water solubility and surface activity. The MIKEM experiment results show that when the methoxy content is 27-35, the all-around performance of HPMC reaches a relatively balanced state. Specifically, different ranges of HPMC can be selected according to different needs.

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