Chemistry Question #1658

Rommel Sato, a 17 year old male from Riyadh asks on October 26, 2003,

What it the chemical composition of styrofoam? What raw material is the styrofoam made off?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on October 27, 2003

Styrofoam is made from the chemical polymer polystyrene by blowing air into liquid or soft polystyrene to make a foam which solidifies. Styrene is a relatively simple hydrocarbon molecule, a petroleum by-product. It was first commercially produced in the 1930s. More at

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