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CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE is a semisynthetic water-soluble polymer in which CH2COOH groups are substituted on the glucose units of the cellulose chain through an ether linkage.
Properties: Colorless, odorless, nontoxic, water soluble powder or granules, pH 6,5-8,0 :stable in pH range 2 10. Insoluble in organic liquids. Reacts with heavy-methal salts to form films that are insoluble in water, transparent and unaffected by organic materials.
Uses: Detergents, soaps, food products ( especially dietetic foods and ice cream ) , where it acts as water binder, thickener, suspending agent, and emulsion stabilizer, textile manufacturing (sizing) ; coating paper and paper board to lower porosity, drilling muds, emulsion paints, protective colloid, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics.