Colloidal Microcrystalline Cellulose

As an excipient, cellulose powders are mainly used, often commercially referred to as "microcrystalline cellulose." It is a white powder, insoluble in water, but it disperses in water, forming a stable gel.


 Colloidal microcrystalline cellulose is an ingredient used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. It is a form of microcrystalline cellulose derived from cellulose, a structural component of plant cell walls.

Origin: Colloidal microcrystalline cellulose is typically extracted from plant sources, such as wood pulp.

Manufacturing Process: Microcrystalline cellulose is obtained through chemical processing of cellulose to reduce its particle size. The colloidal form may involve additional processing to achieve even finer particles, often in colloidal form.

Functions and Uses:

  • Stabilizer: Colloidal microcrystalline cellulose is often used as a stabilizing agent in foods, medicines, and cosmetic products. It can help prevent phase separation in certain formulations.
  • Binder: It can be used as a binder in the manufacture of pharmaceutical tablets.
  • Physical Properties:
  • The colloidal form of microcrystalline cellulose is characterized by extremely fine particles that can form stable dispersions in liquids.
  • Odorless and Tasteless: Colloidal microcrystalline cellulose is generally odorless and tasteless, making it suitable for use in products where taste and odor need to be preserved.
  • Safety: Microcrystalline cellulose is generally considered safe for human consumption when used in accordance with good manufacturing practices.
  • Labeling: If used in food, colloidal microcrystalline cellulose must be listed in the ingredient list on the product label.

Data sheet

CAS Number
HS Code
3912 90 90
25kg bag

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