Nitrocellulose Cotton

Product Description

NitrowellTM Nitrocellulose is produced through a reaction of cellulose with nitrating acid (a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acid). It’s widely used in paint, ink, leather product etc as a good film-forming additive.

Product Parameters 

Nitrocellulose grades are divided by their:

Nitrogen content (High, Medium, Low)

Viscosity (molar mass)

Damping agent (Alcohol, IPA) 


1) Nitrogen Content

The nitrogen content indicates te degree of substitution indirectly. The degree of substitution determines the solubility of nitrocellulose in organic solvents.

Theoretically, nitrocellulose with a nitrogen content above 12.6% is classed as an explosive. In actual practice, the nitrogen content can't exceed around 13.6~13.8%. The nitrogen content of nitrocellulose is between 10.7~12.2%.

2) Viscosity

The viscosity of nitrocellulose depends on the molecular weight of itself. A viscosity index is stated and the viscosity of the nitrocellulose in a specific solvent mixture is specified.

The viscosity of the individual nitrocellulose grade is determined by Falling-ball method.

3) Phlegmatisers / Stabilisers

A further grading feature of nitrocellulose is its damping agent content and the type of damping agent. Industrial nitrocellulose is required by laws to contain at least 25% damping agent (e.g. alcohol).

The purpose of damping agents or plasticisers is to phlegmatise or stabilise the nitrocellulose in order to deactivate the hazardous properties of dry nitrocellulose (high flammability, high buring rates). Our nitrocellulose is damped with at least 30% alcohol.

Nitrogen Content

Soluble in esters, ketones and glycol ethers. 

Blending capability with alcohol.


Soluble in esters, ketones and glycol ethers. 

With good blending capability and compatibility with alcohol.

Soluble in alcohols, esters, ketones and glycol ethers.