Chemical Division Development Research LaboratoryCellulose derivative (carboxymethyl cellulose: CMC) manufacturing technology
Powdered cellulose manufacturing technology

Environmentally friendly polymer materials

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Structure of CMC (Sunrose®)

Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) is an anionic water-soluble polymer obtained from cellulose. It possesses excellent thickening, absorption, and water retention properties, and is used in a broad range of applications including food and feed additives, cosmetics, thickening and binding agents, binders, water absorbing materials, and water retention agents. As the material is derived from natural cellulose, it exhibits gradual biodegradability and can be incinerated after use, making it a very environmentally friendly material.

CMC is often used dissolved in water, at which time it displays action close to that of water. As such, it takes a variety of states, including a type of gel. Our Development Laboratory has established technology to match the complex physical properties of CMC to customers' needs, such as technology to uniformly control rheological properties and gel size, and is pursuing development of new products.

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Powdered material safe for people

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Electron microscope photo

Our powdered cellulose is made from highly refined natural wood cellulose, micro-refined through our original method. It is used in a wealth of fields, including foods, health foods, cosmetics, filtration aids, and resin fillers. Natural cellulose is a type of dietary fiber that is safe for people and exhibits slow biodegradability. As such, powdered cellulose is a very environmentally friendly material.

Achieving specific product characteristics and applications calls for technology to control the physical properties of powder and advanced refinement technology. By establishing these technologies, our Development Laboratory is working to expand the use of powdered cellulose.

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