Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)

Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is a synthetic polymer that belongs to the class of polyvinyl polymers. PVP has various applications due to its unique properties, such as high solubility in water and many organic solvents, and its ability to form complex compounds with a variety of substances. PVP is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. It is used as a binder in tablet formulations, as a dispersant to aid the disintegration of tablets or capsules in the digestive tract and as a stabiliser for suspensions and solutions. PVP is used in cosmetics and personal care products such as hair sprays, hair gels and mousses due to its film-forming and adhesive properties. In the food industry, PVP is used as a clarifying agent for beer and wine. It helps to remove unwanted particles and impurities and improve the clarity of the end product. PVP is used in the production of adhesives as it enables the formation of strong and flexible films. In the textile industry, PVP is used as a sizing agent and as a finish for textiles to improve their resistance to creasing.


  • Povidone

General information:

Abbreviation PVP
CAS number 9003-39-8
EC no: 618-363-4
REACH Registration No. 01-2119498301-39
MATSEN Article no. 1700
Sum formula: C6H9NO
Description White-yellowish powder
Available packaging 25 kg drums
Variants Standard | Cosmetics | Pharma
Aggregate state solid
Form powder
Colour white to light yellow
Odour very weak
Boiling point  
Melting point  

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