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Methocel (TM)


[Dow Chemical Co.] A trademark for series of water-soluble polymers that contain Methyl cellulose. Methocel (TM) dissolves in water to form an adhesive paste that has a neutral PH. It used in industry as a thickening, emulsifying and dispersing agent. Methocel (TM) is also used as an ink additive to improve gloss and to decrease solubility in grease and oils.

  • Methocel A4C: contains methyl cellulose (85-99%), Water, and Sodium chloride
  • Methocel A4CP: contains methyl cellulose

Synonyms and Related Terms

Tylose® [SE Tylose]; Aqualon® [Aqualon]; Klucel® [Aqualon];


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Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water.

Resources and Citations

  • R.Feller, M.Wilt, Evaluation of Cellulose Ethers for Conservation, in Research in Conservation Series, Getty Conservation Institute, 1990.
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • Jane Down, Adhesive projects at the Canadian Conservation Institute, Preprints of the SSCR's 2nd Resins Conference, Sept. 1995, Scottish Society for Conservation & Restoration, Edinburgh
  • Kurt Wehlte, The Materials and Techniques of Painting, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1975
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997
  • A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998