Rheology modifiers (thickeners and gels)

As a note, I have two e-books out about this topic – Rheology modifiers: Hydrocolloids (part one) and Rheology modifiers: Gels, gels, gels (part two).


Chemistry: Rheology modifiers – Introduction and defining some terms: Yield stress and shear

Chemistry: Rheology modifiers – Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids

Chemistry: Rheology modifiers – categories and defining a few more terms

Chemistry: Atoms, moles, and molecular weight

An aside on rheology modifiers: Wetting, dispersing, and hydrating

Q&A: What do “fish eyes” look like when we use rheology modifiers?


ENTRIES FOR SOME RHEOLOGY MODIFIERS (those without links may be found in e-books or haven’t been posted yet)

Acacia gum – natural gum, anionic

Aristoflex AVC (INCI Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer) – synthetic gelling agent, cold emulsifier – anionic

Carageenan, iota – natural gum, anionic

Carageenan, kappa – natural gum, anionic (used as Genugel® CG-130)

Cationic guar gum (INCI: Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride) – modified gum, cationic

Cosmedia Gel CC (aka Gelmaker CC from TKB) (INCI: Dicaprylyl Carbonate (and) Stearalkonium Hectorite (and) Propylene Carbonate) – thickening clay

Garamite 7308-XR (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite) – thickening clay

Gellan, high acyl (Kelcogel® CG-HA) – natural gum, anionic

Gellan gum, low acyl (Kelcogel® CG-LA) – rheology modifier, gelling ingredient – natural gum, anionic

Guar gum – natural gum, non-ionic

Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) – modified cellulose, non-ionic

Hydroxypropyl guar (rheology modifier) – modified natural gum, non-ionic

Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (also known as hypromellose or HPMC) – modified cellulose, non-ionic

Lecigel (INCI: Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (and) Lecithin) – synthetic gelling agent, anionic

Locust bean gum – natural gum, anionic

Pullulan – natural starch, non-ionic

Sclerotium gum – natural gum, non-ionic (find as Amigel)

Sepimax ZEN (INCI: Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6) – synthetic gelling agent, anionic

Sepinov EMT 10 (INCI: Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer) – synthetic gelling agent, anionic

Siligel (INCI: Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Pullulan) – natural gums, blend, sightly anionic

Solagum AX (INCI: Acacia Senegal Gum & Xanthan Gum) – natural gum blend, anionic

TC-Carbomer FD20 (INCI: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer) – synthetic gelling agent, anionic (requires neutralization)

Ultrez 20 (INCI: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer) – synthetic gelling agent, anionic (requires neutralization)

Xanthan Gum – natural gum, anionic