Styrene is a binding material that is manufactured to create strong, durable composites.
Styrene is a monomer. Monomer means “one part” and refers to a single molecule that can combine with the same or similar molecules. When many monomers form a larger molecule, it becomes a polymer. For example, many styrene monomer molecules form a substance — polystyrene — with properties different than the monomer.
Styrene, which is a liquid at room temperature, is used all over the world as a raw material to create high-performance plastics, composites, and other products. For detailed physical property information, visit styrene.org.
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Styrene is often confused with polystyrene foam (frequently called Styrofoam®, which is actually a trademarked name for foam insulation), but in fact it is the building block substance – or monomer – from which polystyrene is derived. Styrene, a liquid, and polystyrene, a solid, are fundamentally different. Polystyrene is inert and has no odor of styrene. Polystyrene is often used in applications where hygiene is important, such as health care and food service products.