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Nitrocellulose Grade E

Nitrocellulose with nitrogen content between 11.8 to 12.3 percent is known as Grade E. This product mainly is used in wood and leather coatings. In comparison to the A-grades Nitrocellulose, Grade-E is more resistant to alcohol. Degree of substitution of E- Grade Nitrocellulose is 2.20 – 2.35.

In ArChem, we provide our customers with different grades of Nitrocellulose for different industries. Our products are produced to the highest quality, with all analytical measurements performed under international standards.

Please contact us for a price quote, to request detailed product information and specifications, or to have a sales representative call or visit.

What is E-grade Nitrocellulose ?


Nitrocellulose is a highly flammable compound composed of nitrating cellulose through exposure to a mixture of nitric acid and sulfuric acid. According to nitrogen content, Nitrocellulose is divided into three different groups: A-grades Nitrocellulose, AM-grades Nitrocellulose, and E-grades Nitrocellulose.

Nitrocellulose with nitrogen content in the range of 11.8 up to 12.3 is categorized as E Grade. E- Grade Nitrocellulose is characteristic with good solubility in ester-type solvents (up to 100 %) and limited solubility in ethyl alcohol (4 – 20 %). It forms hard films with good mechanical properties.

Properties of E-Grades:

ArChem E-Grade Nitrocellulose (RS grade) gives wooden furniture, metal products, and cosmetics excellent protection. It is suitable for the wood, coating, paper, and painting industries. Properties of E-Grades Nitrocellulose include:


Nitrogen11.8-12.3 %
Darkness20 Max
Alkalinity0.02 % Max
Viscosity27-225 Type
Unsolvable Materials in Acetone0.15 % Max
Burge & Gink Stability2.2 Max
AlcoholHumidity (Water and Alcohol)30-35 %
Water7 % Max
GrannularDibutylphetalate18-22 %
Water2 % Max

E-grade Nitrocellulose Applications

ArChem E-grade Nitrocellulose mostly is used in Lacquers for wood and paper where the highest solid content is desired. Some uses of E-grade Nitrocellulose include:

  • coating, specifically for car coatings and furniture
  • pencil & paper coatings,
  • nail polishes,
  • adhesive agent and raw material of printing ink.
  • protective finishes for metal, fabric and leather. 

The selection of suitable grade of nitrocellulose depends on the solvent and thermoplasticity. Our expert technical team in ArChem can help you select the right grade to use for your application.



What is E-grade Nitrocellulose used for? 

E-grade Nitrocellulose is used in protective finishes for metal, fabric and leather. Plus, E-grades are used in car coatings, furniture, pencil & paper coatings, adhesive agent and raw material printing ink.

What is E grade Nitrocellulose price? 

Prices of different grades of Nitrocellulose are different, for more information, please contact our technical sales team in ArChem.

What is the main difference between E-grade Nitrocellulose and A-grade? 

nitrogen content in E-grade Nitrocellulose lies in the range of 11.8 up to 12.3, while this factor in A grade is between 10.7 and 11.3.

What is the main difference between E-grade Nitrocellulose and AM grade? 

nitrogen content in AM grade Nitrocellulose lies in the range of 11.3-11.8, while this factor in E grade is between 11.8 to 12.3.

What is another name for E grade Nitrocellulose? 

RS Grade Nitrocellulose (Grade H)

What is the nitrogen content of E-grade Nitrocellulose? 

nitrogen content in E grade Nitrocellulose lies in the range of 11.8 – 12.3.

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