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Carbomer (Carbomer)

Carbomer (Carbomer); detergent, cosmetics, medicine, homecare etc. These are the products that we generally use to thicken and gel in industries.

Our Carbomer product groups offer different varieties to our customers and EDGEL Carbomer products provide quality/price advantage with viscosity ranges suitable for different sectors.


EDGEL 50 solutions do not show significant changes in viscosity and stability at high temperature. EDGEL 50 is  thickening agent for aqueous solutions. These solutions are pseudoplastic and not thixotropic. The gel structure breaks down easily, cuts and returns to its initial state.


EDGEL 50; It is a very suitable Carbomer class for the production of transparent gels, especially optimized with clarity, ease of use and less foam. EDGEL 50 shows high efficiency, is an effective agent for emulsion stabilization and stable suspension of solid particles. EDGEL 50 is used for formulation of gel, lotion and cream in hair care and skin care products.


Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA; trade name Carbomer) are synthetic high molecular weight polymers of acrylic acids. They can be homopolymers of acrylic acid or crosslinked with pentaerythritol allyl ether, sucrose allyl ether or propylene allyl ether. In an aqueous solution at neutral pH, PAA is an anionic polymer, meaning many side chains of PAA will lose their protons and acquire a negative charge. In this way, they have the ability to absorb and retain water and inflate to many times their original volume. Dry PAAs are sold as white, fluffy powders.  For many applications, PAAs are used in the form of alkali metal or ammonium salts. eg; sodium polyacrylate.


Polyacrylic acid is a weak anionic polyelectrolyte whose degree of ionization depends on solution pH. In its nonionic form at low pHs, PAA can combine with various nonionic polymers (eg, polyethylene oxide, poly-N-vinyl pyrrolidone, polyacrylamide, and some cellulose ethers) and form hydrogen-bonded interpolymer complexes.  In aqueous solutions PAA can also form polycomplexes with oppositely charged polymers (eg chitosan), surfactants and drug molecules (eg streptomycin).



Polyacrylic acid and its derivatives are used in disposable diapers, ion exchange resins and adhesives. Carbomers are also popular as thickening, dispersing, suspending and emulsifying agents, particularly in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chaff fuel, ultrasound gels, and paints. PAA can inactivate the antiseptic chlorhexidine gluconate. Neutralized Carbomer (polyacrylic acid) gels are suitable for obtaining biocompatible matrices for medical application products such as skin care or skin disease treatment products gel.


Carbomers are very suitable for use in the production of products such as chafing fuel (clear gels with sparking alcohol), cosmetics (especially hair gels) and ultrasound gels, and can be used in the range of 0.1% to 1%, depending on the desired viscosity.


In order to prevent the formation of agglomeration, the carbomer is slowly added to the water and mixed. A clear gel is obtained when it is neutralized after being kept in water for suitable times and swelled. Organic bases (NaOH, KOH, NH4OH, etc.) or organic amines (TEA, AMP, AMPD, etc.) can be selected according to the product to be used to neutralize.

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