Tylose H 20 P2

Tylose H 20 P2 by SE Tylose acts as a thickening agent. 
Tylose H 20 P2 is available in powder form and is readily soluble. 
Tylose H 20 P2 is used in hair colors and liquid make-up.

Cellulose, 2-hydroxyethyl ether
Cas no: 9004-62-0

Tylose H 20 P2 is a Rheological Additive developed for Special applications such as Coating materials and Chemicals for use in constructin industry.

Tylose H grades - water soluble, non-ionic, hydroxyethyl cellulose with standard etherification.

Product Properties
Constitution:    Hydroxyethyl cellulose
Appearance:    powder
Etherification:    standard
Particle size:    powder
Delayed solubility: yes
Level of viscosity:
according to Höppler: 20 mPa•s

Tylose H 20 P2
Tylose H grades – water soluble, non-ionic, hydroxyethyl cellulose with standard etherification.

Tylose for Paints

There are many reasons why Tylose is an important component in water based paints for ceilings, walls and facades. Application of paint should be smooth and easy, whilst spatter must be kept to a minimum. To achieve these attributes only a small amount of Tylose is necessary. Depending on the system being used, a concentration of 0.2 % – 0.5 % is typically required. The choice of Tylose types depends on the application and requirements. The most commonly used Tylose types in coating materials are Tylose HS and Tylose H.

Physical state : Solid
Appearance : Powder
Colour : whitish
Odour : Odourless
Odour threshold : No data available
pH : 5.5 - 8 10g/l
Relative evaporation rate (butylacetate=1) : Not specifically applicable
Melting point / Freezing point : Melting point : Not specifically applicable
Freezing point : Not specifically applicable
Boiling point : Not specifically applicable
Flash point : Not specifically applicable
Auto-ignition temperature : > 120 °C
Decomposition temperature : Not specifically applicable
Flammability (solid, gas) : No data available
Vapour pressure : Vapour pressure : Not specifically applicable
Relative density : Relative vapour density at 20 °C : Not specifically applicable
Density : Density : 1.1 - 1.5 g/cm³ 20 °C
Relative density : Not specifically applicable
Solubility : Water: > 10 g/l @ 20°C
Log Pow : < 0
Viscosity, dynamic : Not specifically applicable
Explosive properties : Product is not explosive. Dust may form explosive mixture in air.
Explosive limits : No data available

Minimum ignition energy : > 10 mJ
Fat solubility : No data available
Conbustion class : 5
Smoulder temperature : 280 °C
pmax : 10 bar
Dust explosion category : ST1
KSt : < 200 bar*m/s
Ignition temperature : > 460 °C

Tylose Grades and their viscosities :
Standard Tylose H/HS
Tylose H 15 YG4 
200(mPas) (5.0 %) 
Tylose H 20 P2 
300(mPas) (5.0 %) 
Tylose H 300 NG4 
550(mPas) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 4000 NG4 
4500(mPas) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 10000 NG4 
7000(mPas) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 10000 P2 
7000(mPas) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 15000 YP2 
1200(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 30000 YP2 
2000(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 30000 YP2 
2000(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 60000 YP2 
3000(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 100000 YP2 
4500(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 100000 YP2 
4500(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Cosmetic Tylose H
Tylose H 4070 NG4 
4500(mPas) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 100070 NP2 
4500(mPas) (1.0 %) 
Special Grades Tylose MO
Tylose E 707002 4500(mPas) (2.0 %) *2 
Tylose MO 4000 P4 4500(mPas) (2.0 %) *2 

Recommended Tylose Products
▪ recommended
*1 Brookfield LV, 25 °C, deionised water
*2 Brookfield RV, 20 °C, water 20 °dH (German hardness)

Reactivity : The product is non-reactive under normal conditions of use, storage and transport.The product
is non-reactive under normal conditions of use, storage and transport
Chemical stability : Stable under normal conditions.
Possibility of hazardous reactions : No dangerous reactions known under normal conditions of use.
Conditions to avoid : No decomposition if stored normally.
Incompatible materials : Strong oxidizing agent.

Application Properties 
The inclusion of Tylose can improve the following properties of dispersion paints:
• Rheological properties such as levelling and spattering 
• Storage stability • Open time • Hiding power 
• Film formation 
The following properties of Tylose are essential for the optimisation of coating materials:
• Thickening / Adjustment of consistency
• Water retention 
• Function as a protective colloid 
• Binding power

Thickening / Adjustment of Consistency
Technically, the most important property of Tylose® is its capability to increase the viscosity of liquids and thus to act as a thickener. 
The thickening effect of Tylose strongly depends on its concentration (depicted in the diagram below). 
Furthermore, the influence of the degree of polymerisation (shown in the form of different viscosity levels) on the thickening effect of Tylose can be clearly seen. 
With all other parameters constant, the viscosity of Tylose solutions increases with an increasing viscosity level

Aqueous solutions of Tylose show a pseudoplastic effect (shear thinning), which means with an increase in shear rate, the viscosity of the solutions declines. 
This pseudoplasticity is specific to each Tylose type and the respective viscosity of the grade. 
High viscosity Tylose grades have a stronger shear thinning effect than those of low viscosity.

Thickening / Adjustment of Consistency

Tylose ensures the required consistency for application by providing a certain rheological profile or flow property. 
This makes the application of paint easy. The amount of Tylose as well as its viscosity determines the viscosity level and leads to optimal application properties. 
During application, a decreasing viscosity with increasing shear stress is desirable. 
The pseudoplasticity serves to optimise application properties of the coating system with respect to rolling, brushing resistance and spattering behaviour. 
For interior paints with low spattering the use of hydrophobic modified Tylose is recommended. 
Through the associative thickening effect with the binder, the viscosity at high shear rates will be increased, thus reducing the spatter. 
The correlation of the rheology profile of a paint and the application properties can be supplied by our technical staff.

Because of its thickening effect in coatings, Tylose acts as a stabiliser for the dispersed components. 
The formation of serum, i.e. the tendency to precipitate displayed by insoluble components such as pigments and fillers etc., is slowed down or even stopped completely. 
As a result, the coating material is protected against slow sedimentation of its components and is also stable during storage.

Water Retention
An important property of Tylose is its pronounced water retention capability. 
It prevents the water from penetrating into the absorbing substrate too quickly which results in a better adhesion to the substrate. 
To the greatest possible extent, the water will be retained in the coating material during drying. 
A uniform film formation is ensured and incipient cracking is avoided. 
Particularly in formulations with high pigment volume concentration, the water retaining effect of Tylose ensures sufficient open time for application. 
Adequate water retention in paints depends mainly on the concentration and viscosity level as well as on the type and temperature of the substrate.

Function as Protective Colloid
Coating materials are predominantly dispersions of pigments and fillers in an aqueous medium. 
Tylose acts as a protective colloid by preventing the agglomeration of the solid particles. This leads to a better storage stability and easier agitation of the paint. 
Due to its molecular structure and its specific properties, Tylose is a highly effective protective colloid. 
It is widely used in other application fields, such as polymerisation, to avoid the coagulation of the polymer.

Binding Power
Especially in distempers, Tylose acts as a binder by combining the solid particles and binding them to the substrate. 
Tylose has strong adhesive power, good dry binding power and dry adhesion. For these reasons, Tylose ensures a good adhesion between the coating and substrate.
Tylose H / HS Tylose H 6000 YP2 5200 (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 15000 YP2 1200 (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 30000 YP2 2000 (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 60000 YP2 3000 (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 100000 YP2 4500 (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 200000 YP2 5700 (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 6000 YP2 5200 (2.0 %) 
Tylose HS 15000 YP2 1200 (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 30000 YP2 2000 (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 60000 YP2 3000 (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 100000 YP2 4500 (1.0 %) 
Hydrophobically modified HEC 
Tylose HX 6000 YG4 Plus 550 (1.0 %) 
Tylose MH Tylose MH 2000 YP2 2700 (1.9 %) 
Tylose MH 6000 YP4 6700 (1.9 %) 
Tylose MH 15000 YP4 13000 (1.9 %) 
Tylose MH 30000 YP4 23000 (1.9 %) 
Special grades Tylose MB 60000 P2 31000 (1.9 %) 
Tylose PSO 810001 6300 (1.0 %)

Tylose for Personal Care

Personal Care products include all areas of nurturing and decorative cosmetics. 
Nurturing cosmetics include hair care, skin care and oral hygiene. 
Decorative cosmetics include make-up, powders, eye shadow and mascara.
In addition to the thickening effect, Tylose improves the foam stability of shaving foams, preserves moisture during a perm treatment, increases the stickiness of adhesive creams, acts as a binder in powder make-ups, and eases the distribution of colouring agents in hair. 
Being a physiologically harmless cosmetic additive, Tylose offers a multitude of applications in the field of personal care. 
Tylose hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) is our most widely used additive in the cosmetic field. Besides the ultra pure cosmetic types, our standard Tylose types can also be used.

Application Properties 
The following INCI designations apply to Tylose grades, which can also be seen in the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and International Buyers’ Guide. 
Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) (Tylose H and HS types) 
Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC) (Tylose MO, MOB, MOBS and MOBT types) 
Methyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (MHEC) (Tylose MH, MHB, MHS and MHBS types) 
For Personal Care the following properties of Tylose are particularly significant: 
• Thickening/Adjustment of consistency 
• Stabilisation 
• High compatibility with other raw materials such as surfactants

Application Performance
Building Materials
Consistency development: moderate
Final consistency: very low
Sag resistance:    very low
Water demand: very low
Water retention: very low
Influence on cement hydration: high
Heat stability:    very high
Personal And Home Care
Thickening effect: very low
Higher purity:    no
Clarity of the solution: high
Stabilization of foam: moderate
Pseudoplasticity: very low
Compatibility with salts: high
Compatibility with surfactants:    high

Agent Name

CAS Number

Major Category
Other Classes

H. E. Cellulose; 2-Hydroxyethyl cellulose; 2-Hydroxyethyl cellulose ether; AH 15; AW 15 (Polysaccharide); BL 15; Cellosize; Cellosize 4400H16; Cellosize QP; Cellosize QP 1500; Cellosize QP 30000; Cellosize QP 4400; Cellosize QP3; Cellosize UT 40; Cellosize WP; Cellosize WP 09; Cellosize WP 300; Cellosize WP 300H; Cellosize WP 400H; Cellosize WP 4400; Cellosize WPO 9H17; Cellulose 2-hydroxyethyl ether; Cellulose hydroxyethyl ether; Cellulose hydroxyethylate; Cellulose, 2-hydroxyethyl ether; Cellulose, ethylene oxide-grafted; Cellulosize; Fuji HEC-BL 20; Glutofix 600; HEC; HEC-Al 5000; Hercules N 100; Hespan; Hetastarch; Hydroxyethyl cellulose; Hydroxyethyl cellulose ether; Hydroxyethyl ether cellulose; J 164; Natrosol; Natrosol 150L; Natrosol 180HH; Natrosol 180L; Natrosol 240JR; Natrosol 250; Natrosol 250 HHR; Natrosol 250G; Natrosol 250H; Natrosol 250H4R; Natrosol 250HHP; Natrosol 250HHR; Natrosol 250HR; Natrosol 250HX; Natrosol 250L; Natrosol 250M; Natrosol 250MH; Natrosol 300H; Natrosol LR; OETs; Oxirane, polymer with cellulose; Tylose H 20; Tylose H 300; Tylose H series; Tylose P; Tylose P-X; Tylose P-Z series; Tylose PS-X; Unicel QP 100MH; Unicel QP 300 H; Unicel QP 52000 H; Walocel HT 6.000 PFV; [ChemIDplus]

Other Organic Compounds

White solid; [Merck Index] Beige powder; [MSDSonline]

A starch derivative with unknown exact composition; [Merck Index] Used as a suspending agent (emulsions, jellies, ointments, lotions, suppositories, and tablets), a thickener (latex paints and paint removers), a sizing agent (paper and textiles), a colloid (polymers and textile dyes), a water-retaining agent (cements, mortars, and concrete), and a binder (ceramic glazes, films, and sheeting); Also used for secondary petroleum recovery and in medicine (artificial tear solutions, cryoprotective agent for erythrocytes, and plasma volume expander); [HSDB]

Emergency treatment: Non-toxic ingestion; [HSDB] May cause irritation; [ICSC] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]
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Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent

Industrial Processes with risk of exposure:

Cement Producing
Painting (Pigments, Binders, and Biocides)
Petroleum Production and Refining
Pulp and Paper Processing
Textiles (Fiber & Fabric Manufacturing)
Textiles (Printing, Dyeing, or Finishing)
Activities with risk of exposure:

Ceramics making

Tylose MC- and Tylose HEC-types are water-soluble cellulose ethers, produced from cellulose. Cellulose ethers are manly used as thickeners, binders, water retaining agents and dispersing agents. 
SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG supplies more than 200 different Tylose products for many applications, whose end products can be found in almost all areas of every day life. 
The most important fields of application for Tylose are as additives for building and coating materials. 
In building materials, for example, Tylose enables the use of machine applied plasters and guarantees a highly efficient application on ceilings and walls. 
Tylose prevents the sedimentation of coatings and allows an even, almost spatter-free application of the paint.

Special applications for example: - Polymerization - Pharmaceuticals - Ceramics - Cosmetics – Cleaners

SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG is a German subsidiary of the Shin-Etsu-Group, which is based in Japan. 
SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG develops, produces, and sells water-soluble cellulose ethers under the tradename Tylose. 
The SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG headquarters are in Wiesbaden (Germany) at the Industriepark KalleAlbert

SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG employs approximately 500 people in Wiesbaden. A wide range of training possiblities guarantees their high level of qualification. 
Additionally, SE Tylose has a continuous trainee program for all departments of the company, ensuring that we are introducing and developing employees

At SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG sites, the renewable raw material cellulose is transformed into different watersoluble cellulose ethers (Tylose MC- and HEC-types) in state of the art production plants. 
More than two thirds of the roughly 500 Shin-Etsu employees at the Industriepark Kalle-Albert work in production. 
With its capacities in Germany and Japan, the Shin-Etsu-Group is one of the biggest suppliers of methyl cellulose world-wide.

SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG is one of the major manufacturers of cellulose ethers world wide, supplied under the brand name Tylose. 
Tylose is used in a wide variety of products and applications.

Construction materials are optimised with the following properties of Tylose:
• Water retention 
• Stabilising of air pores
• Consistency control 
• Improvement of workability
• Adhesion improvement

Cementitious thin bed adhesives are used to adhere ceramic tiles, to build walls of aerated concrete or lime stone bricks and to install exterior insulating finishing systems (EIFS). 
They offer an easy and light workability, a high efficiency and guarantee a long durability.

Cement tile adhesives have to be easy to trowel. They must provide long embedding time, high slip resistance and sufficient adhesion strength. 
These properties can be influenced by Tylose MC. 
Adhesives for block laying are used to build up walls of aerated concrete blocks, sand-lime bricks or standard bricks. 
EIFS adhesives ensure an excellent bond between substrate and insulating boards. 
Tylose MC improves the workability of EIFS adhesives and increases both adhesion and sag resistance.

Cement based Renders and Trowelling Compounds
Renders are mixtures of mineral binders, aggregates and auxiliaries. 
Depending on the process, there is a distinction between hand and machine application. 
Renders are used for base coating, insulation, renovation and decorative purposes. 
Renders based on cement or cement/hydrated lime can be employed for exterior and interior work. 
Cement based jointing and trowelling compounds are used for repairing systems and to smooth coarse walls and floors. 
Grouts are applied to fill the gaps between ceramic or stone tiles.

Tylose MC is an important additive ensuring there is sufficient water retention in renders and trowelling compounds. 
Additional advantages are better workability and an increase of the adhesion strength. 
Machine applied renders are mixed in continuously or discontinuously working plastering machines. 
These enable coverage of large wall and ceiling areas by a highly efficient technique. 
Continuously operating plastering machines need to be fed with premixed renders containing Tylose. 
Other additives (e.g. Hostapur OSB, Tylovis SE 7 or Tylovis EP 28) can be added as required.

Tylose MH 300 P2 
Tylose MH 6000 YP4 
Tylose MH 6002 P4 
Tylose MH 10007 P4 
Tylose MHS 10012 P6 
Tylose MH 15002 P6 
Tylose MB 15009 P2 
Tylose MH 20009 P2 
Tylose MHS 30027 P6 
Tylose MHS 60000 YP4 
Tylose MH 60001 P4 
Tylose MH 60001 P6 
Tylose MH 60010 P4 
Tylose MO 60016 P4 
Tylose MH 100001 P6 
Tylose H 20 P2 
Tylose H 300 P2 
Tylose HS 30000 YP2

Thickening/Adjustment of Consistency 
Tylose can thicken and adjust the consistency of hair conditioners, hair gels, toothpastes and lotions

The thickening effect of Tylose grades is dependent on the degree of polymerisation (DP) or the molecular weight and the concentration used. 
When using the same concentration, the viscosity of the solution increases with an increased degree of polymerisation. 
An increase in Tylose concentration gives a strong increase in viscosity

Aqueous solutions of Tylose grades are shear thinning liquids. 
The viscosity is decreased by an increase in shear stress, and returns to its initial viscosity when the shear stress is removed. 
High viscosity Tylose grades have a stronger shear thinning effect than those of low viscosity, which is shown in the diagram below. 
The rheological profile varies depending on the Tylose type used, e.g. Tylose H or Tylose MO


Emulsions are commonly used in the field of skin care. 
A finely distributed mixture of oil and water, two liquids which are normally immiscible, exists in an emulsion without any visible segregation. 
One liquid exists as little droplets distributed within the other liquid. 
Either water in oil emulsion (W/O emulsion) or oil in water emulsion (O/W emulsion) is possible depending on which phase the droplets are formed in. 
The preferred stabilisers for O/W emulsions are thickeners that act in the water phase. 
The surface activity of Tylose is low compared to tenside products. 
However, due to its thickening effect and colloidal protective properties, Tylose offers an important contribution to the stabilisation of the emulsion formed. 
The use of low to medium viscosity Tylose H types are preferable in this case.

High Compatibility

Non-ionic Tylose H, MH, and MO types exhibit a good compatibility with numerous tensides. 
Furthermore, they are also compatible with many other raw materials such as starch, dextrin, gelatine, sorbitol and propylene glycol. 
Due to their chemical structure, Tylose grades exhibit good compatibility with electrolytes. 
Soluble phosphate, carbonate and sulphate exhibit a stronger flocculating effect in higher concentrations than nitrate and chloride. 
The electrolyte compatibility of Tylose H grades with chlorides is generally higher than that of Tylose MO grades. 
In addition AlCl3 gives a higher thickening effect with Tylose H grades (see diagram below).

Although Tylose is insoluble in most organic solvents, it exhibits relatively good solubility in water/organic solvent mixtures, such as water with ethanol, isopropanol or glycerol, even when relatively high fractions of the organic solvent are present. 
The following diagrams show the development of viscosity in water with ethanol, isopropanol and glycerol using Tylose H or MO grades.

Tylose H/HS Tylose H 15 YG4
200 (mPas ) (5.0 %) 
Tylose H 20 P2 
300 (mPas)  (5.0 %) 
Tylose H 300 NG4 
550 (mPas )  (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 4000 NG4
4500 (mPas ) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 10000 NG4
7000 (mPas )  (2.0 %)
Tylose H 10000 P2 
7000 (mPas ) (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 15000 YP2 
1200 (mPas ) (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 30000 YP2 
2000 (mPas )  (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 30000 YP2 
2000 (mPas )  (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 60000 YP2 
3000 (mPas )  (1.0 %) 
Tylose H 100000 YP2
 4500 (mPas ) (1.0 %) 
Tylose HS 100000 YP2 
4500 (mPas ) (1.0 %) 
Cosmetic Tylose H Tylose H 4070 NG4 
4500 (mPas )  (2.0 %) 
Tylose H 100070 NP2 
4500 (mPas )  (1.0 %) 
Special Grades Tylose MO Tylose E 707002 
4500 (mPas )  (2.0 %) 
Tylose MO 4000 P4 
4500(mPas )  (2.0 %) *2


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