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  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) is a kind of white grain and fibrous powder which are nontoxic and easy to absorb water. It has good water solubility, stickiness, emulsification, diffusibility, enzyme resistance and thermal stability. The transparency of its solution gets corresponding improvement with the increase of substitution degree. The water solubility of CMC presents neutral or light alkalescence. It will precipitate when meeting the metallic ion with more than bivalence.
  • CMC was developed in Germany during World War I as a substitute for gelatin. During the 1930s, CMC was used to eliminate redeposition of soil
    on fabric during washing and rinsing. There was also interest in the production of CMC after the war. Kalle and Co. in Wiesbaden-Biebrich
    produced it in the late 1930s. Herculus then developed a commercial process in 1943.
  • The product is the sodium salt of a carboxymethyl ether of cellulose, which has been partially hydrolyzed by enzymatic treatment with food-grade Trichoderma reesei cellulase. The total content of mono- and disaccharides does not exceed about 7.5%. The functional properties of CMC depend on the degree of substitution of the cellulose structure (i.e., how many of the hydroxyl groups have taken part in the substitution reaction), and also on the chain length of the cellulose backbone structure.
  • CMC is an anionic, biodegradable and linear polymer cellulose ether. It is one of the most versatile of water-soluble hydrocolloids and has a number of important properties including solubility, rheology, adsorption on surfaces, etc. Apart from these, viscosity and the degree of substitution (DS) are the two major properties of CMC that determine its functionality.
  • CMC is more tolerant to the presence of ethanol than most other food gums. This makes cellulose gum useful for cordials and other low alcohol content beverages which require optical transparency. CMC will give a synergistic viscosity increase with other hydrocolloids such as guar or locust bean gum. The availability of cellulose gum in different viscosity grades, particle sizes, special rheological grades, and combinations thereof permits tailor-made application of CMC to many different food systems.
  • CMC is used in food science as a viscosity modifier or thickener, and to stabilize emulsions, for instance in ice cream. It has E number E466. It is also a constituent of many non-food products, such as K-Y Jelly, toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, and various paper products. They have high viscosity, are not toxic, and are generally non-allergenic. CMC is used as a lubricant in non-volatile eye drops (artificial tears). Sometimes it is methylcellulose (MC) which is used, but its non-polar methyl groups (-CH3) do not add any solubility or chemical reactivity to the base cellulose.
  • Cellulose from waste of mulberry paper was modified to be carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC) by adding isopropyl alcohol and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Tensile strength and percent elongation of CMC films increased as NaOH concentration in CMC synthesis increased. However, when the level of NaOH concentration was 60%, film could not be formed due to CMC solution had too low viscosity. Therefore, the best level of NaOH concentration in CMC synthesis was 50% NaOH which provided the best mechanical properties.
  • Demand for purified CMC is affected by demand from purchasers who use the product for a variety of end uses. Fluctuations in the consumption of purified CMC were affected primarily by fluctuations in apparent consumption of purified CMC by oilfield purchasers. The annual demand for CMC in Russia and other CIC countries is about 60-65K mt, while Russia consumes 6K mt/y. Currently, Russia features 13 facilities manufacturing Na-CMC of various grades. 
  • Aqualon is the only U.S. producer of purified CMC, and the firm accounted for all known U.S. production of the purified CMC in 2003. Major purchasers of purified CMC consist of firms in the food, personal care, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, paper and board, and oilfield industries. Prices for purified CMC vary by specification and end use. Generally, purified CMC for food and personal care applications command a higher price when compared to purified CMC for paper and oilfield applications.
  • Aqualon had the ability to respond to changes in demand with changes in the quantity of shipments of U.S.-produced purified CMC to the U.S. market during much of January 2001-March 2004. Noviant Finland sold its purified CMC principally to third-country export markets, secondarily to its home market, and the remainder to the U.S. market during January 2001-March 2004; this shipment pattern was projected to continue in 2004 and 2005.
 General Information
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Characteristics and Analysis 
  • Description of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Enzymatically Hydrolyzed


  • Cellulase Production by Thermomonospora curvata Isolated from Municipal Solid Waste Compost 
  • Carboxymethyl Cellulase and Cellobiase Production by Clostridium acetobutylicum in an Industrial Fermentation Medium
  • Production of carboxy methyl cellulose films from waste of mulberry paper
  • Production of Carboxymethyl Cellulose From Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch
  • Production of Carboxymethyl Cellulose(CMC ) from Durians hulks
  • Production of Xylanase and CMCase on Solid Fermentation in Different Residues by Thermoascus Aurantiacus Miehe
  • Cellulase production by Acinetobacter anitratus and Branhamella sp 

Properties and Functions

  • Chemistry and Functionality
  • Role of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose and Hydroxyethyl Starch in Hematopoietic Cell Line Cultures
  • Esterification of Carboxymethyl Cellulose with Acrylic Acid for Targeted Drug Delivery System
  • Efficacy of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose in the Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Synergistic Hydrolysis of Carboxymethyl Cellulose and Acid-Swollen Cellulose by Two Endoglucanases from Erwinia chrysanthemi
  • Flow properties of cellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose from orange peel
  • Effect of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and methylprednisolone on the healing of jejunal anastomoses in rats 
  • Some Properties of Crude Carboxymethyl Cellulase of Aspergillus niger Z10 Wild-Type Strain 
  • Thermal Properties of Oil Palm Fibre, Cellulose and Its Derivatives

Company Profiles

  • Akay Organics
  • Danisco
  • Dipti Cellulose
  • E.P.Industrial &Agro Chemicals
  • Libraw Pharma
  • Noviant
  • Patisan Chemical  
  • Savvy Spechems
  • V V.Turakhia & Group of Companies
  • Neel Chem
  • Amar Cellulose Industries

Project and Consultants

  • Consultant - Pakistan
  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose Nanocomposites
  • Feng He
  • Intota
  • Sanford M. Bolton, Ph.D.
  • SRI Consulting

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • MSDS of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose
  • Cellulosic Polymer
  • Lidocaine Viscous Solution
  • Avicel CL 611 Stabilizer
  • Safety data for edifas B


  • Drilling mud containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose and sodium carboxymethyl starch 
  • Clay and mica replacement with CMC in joint compound 
  • Carboxymethylated cellulosic wound dressing 
  • Paste composition for skin barrier
  • Sodium carboxymethylcellulose 
  • Process for preparing alkali metal salt of carboxymethyl cellulose 
  • Use of carboxymethyl cellulose(cmc) in fruit-based products 
  • Preparation of water-insoluble carboxymethyl cellulose absorbents 
  • Theoretical Aspects of the Technology in Synthesis of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose from Various Raw Materials 
  • Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment: Professional Fabricare Processes 
  • Preparation of Waterborne Nanoscale Carbon Black Dispersion with Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • A Novel Instrument and Technique for Using Seprafilm Hyaluronic Acid/Carboxymethylcellulose Membrane During Laparoscopic Myomectomy 


  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gum
  • Walocel
  • Adhesion Barrier
  • Lamberts Mega Mineral Complex
  • Percorten-V
  • Regranex Gel


  • Methylcellulose & Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose: Uses in Paper Conservation
  • Personal Care and Household Products applications
  • Personal Care Applications
  • Triple Detector Application
  • Specialties Product Functionalities
  • Increasing Digesta Viscosity Using Carboxymethylcellulose in Weaned Piglets Stimulates Ileal Goblet Cell Numbers and Maturation


  • Global Consumption of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose grows by 2% a year
  • Market Outlook
  • Tender
  • Oil Field Chemicals
  • Market Study For Adhesives and Sealants With a Global Overview 
  • Rapid Reconnaissance Survey of the London Market for Guyanese Products 
  • Access of Latin American and Caribbean exports to the U.S. market 2005-2006 
  • Growth Opportunities for Alkali Industry 
  • Regulations
  • Anti Dumping


  • Economic Analysis of Air Pollution Regulations: Miscellaneous Cellulose Manufacturing Industry 
  • Purified Carboxymethyl cellulose From Finland, Mexico, Netherlands, and Sweden 
  • Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board Committee on Food Chemicals Codex 
  • Toxicological Evaluation
  • Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards 
  • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
  • Advanced Flue Gas Conditioning as a Retrofit Upgrade to Enhance PM Collection from Coal-fired Electric Utility Boilers 

Machinery Suppliers 

  • Machinery List
  • Machinery from Germany
  • Equipments from India

Suppliers and Buyers

  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose China Suppliers
  • Manufacturers of  Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose 
  • Manufacturers Directory of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose
  • Hollimex Products Ltd
  • Foreign Exporters & Manufacturers
  • Indian Exporters & Manufacturers
  • Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose Manufacturers
  • Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose Selling Leads
  • Sell offers Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose 
  • Trade Leads of Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose 
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose Suppliers
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose Sellers
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose Exporters
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Trade Leads
  • Wealthy Chemical Industry 
  • Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose Buyers List


  • Medication Guide
  • The Healthy Person's Guide to Personal Care Ingredients
  • A Concise Guide to Diagnosis and Management for Health Professionals
  • Drugs and Treatments - Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Opht

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