Analysis and determination of styrene in the laboratory

You are looking to analyze styrene in your samples...

Styrene is an aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula C8H8. It is recognizable by its colorless, oily, toxic and flammable appearance.

Styrene is naturally present in small quantities in certain plants and is industrially produced from petroleum.

Styrene is used in the manufacture of polymers such as…

  • Polystyrene, and copolymers
  • ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene)
  • SAN (styrene-acrylonitrile)
  • SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber)
  • SBL (styrene-butadiene latex)
  • UPR (unsaturated polyester resins),
  • The manufacture of laminated polyester objects.
  • It can be used as a solvent for some synthetic rubbers and resins.

FILAB supports you in the analysis of styrene in your polymer samples

Equipped with recent and varied analytical equipment, the FILAB analysis laboratory offers you a tailor-made service for styrene analysis:

  • Determination of styrene content by GC-MS
  • Chemical analysis of styrene in the context of REACH
  • Analysis of polystyrene beads
  • Deformation of a polystyrene-based polymer
  • Development and validation of analytical methods

Although styrene analyses can vary according to the properties of the sample, the most commonly used techniques are

  • Gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer (GCMS)
  • Head Space: heating to transfer volatile molecules into the gas phase.
  • The GPC: determination of molar masses
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