A colorless, oily liquid, Styrene was first isolated from storax in 1831 by Bonastre. It readily self-polymerizes with heat, light or catalyst. The polymerization step is exothermic. Styrene is primarily used as an ingredient in polymers such as polystyrene, styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS). It has also been used as a solvent in paints, lacquers and plastics. For example, it is used as a polymerizing solvent in Bio-Plastic® embedding resin.
Synonyms and Related Terms
vinylbenzene; cinnamene; phenylethylene; phenyl ethylene; ethenylbenzene; styrol; styrolene; cinnamol
Soluble in ethanol, ether. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt.=104.15|
Hazards and Safety
Flammable. Flash point = 31 C (88 F)
Ingestion, inhalation and contact cause irritation. Carcinogenic.
Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS
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