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Hydroxypropyl cellulose

average Mw ~100,000, powder, 20 mesh particle size (99% through)

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biological oxygen demand (BOD) 14,000 ppm

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autoignition temp.

752 °F

mol wt

average Mw ~100,000


<5 wt. %

particle size

20 mesh (99% through)



interfacial tension mineral oil

12.5 dyn/cm, 0.1 wt. % in H2O (vs. mineral oil)


65-175 cP, 5 wt. % in H2O(25 °C, Brookfield, spindle #1) (30 rpm)(lit.)


polar organic solvents: soluble


0.5 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)



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General description

Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) is a neutral polysaccharide prepared by reacting propylene oxide with alkali cellulose at high temperatures and pressure. It is soluble in water and many polar organic solvents. HPC is widely used as a food additive and in drug delivery systems.


Hydroxypropyl cellulose can be used in the following applications:
  • HPC is soluble in organic solvents which makes it suitable for the preparation of polymer gel electrolytes for electrochemical devices. The network-forming ability of HPC can improve the mechanical and electrical properties of gel electrolytes.
  • Electrospun hydroxypropyl cellulose nanofibres can be used to develop drug delivery systems for a variety of hydrophobic drugs.
  • Hydroxypropylcellulose combined with an effervescent agent like sodium carbonate can be usedas a binder and functional material to prepare floating tablets for thecontrolled release of ofloxacin.

Storage Class

11 - Combustible Solids




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Eyeshields, Gloves, type N95 (US)

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Jeremiah F Kelleher et al.
AAPS PharmSciTech, 21(1), 23-23 (2019-12-14)
The development of oral solid dosage forms, such as tablets that contain a high dose of drug(s), requires polymers and other additives to be incorporated at low levels as possible, to keep the final tablet weight low, and, correspondingly, the
Xiaole Qi et al.
International journal of pharmaceutics, 489(1-2), 210-217 (2015-05-10)
To prolong the residence time of dosage forms within gastrointestinal trace until all drug released at desired rate was one of the real challenges for oral controlled-release drug delivery system. Herein, we developed a fine floating tablet via compression coating
Daniela M Correia et al.
Materials (Basel, Switzerland), 13(10) (2020-05-21)
This study reports a versatile method for the development of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and water-soluble cellulose derivatives (methyl cellulose (MC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC)) films comprising the ionic liquid (IL) 2-hydroxy-ethyl-trimethylammonium dihydrogen phosphate ([Ch][DHP]) for actuator
Ranjit M Dhenge et al.
International journal of pharmaceutics, 438(1-2), 20-32 (2012-09-11)
The present work focuses on the study of the progression of granules in different compartments along the length of screws in a twin screw granulator (TSG). The effects of varying powder feed rate; liquid to solid ratio and viscosity of
Maya Fujiwara et al.
Chemical & pharmaceutical bulletin, 60(11), 1380-1386 (2012-11-06)
We evaluated models for predicting spray mist diameter suitable for scaling-up the fluidized bed granulation process. By precise selection of experimental conditions, we were able to identify a suitable prediction model that considers changes in binder solution, nozzle dimension, and

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