Q. Which of the following statements is/are correct about “Styrene”?
1. It is a colorless liquid that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell.
2. It doesn’t dissolve easily in water.
3. Low levels of styrene also occur naturally in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beverages, and meats.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D
Notes:

Styrene is primarily a synthetic chemical. It is also known as vinyl benzene, ethenyl benzene, cinnamene, or phenyl ethylene.  

  • It’s a colorless liquid that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell. It often contains other chemicals that give it a sharp, unpleasant smell.  
  • It dissolves in some liquids but doesn’t dissolve easily in water. Billions of pounds are produced each year to make products such as rubber, plastic, insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, food containers, and carpet backing.  
  • Most of these products contain styrene linked together in a long chain (polystyrene) as well as unlinked styrene.  
  • Low levels of styrene also occur naturally in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beverages, and meats. 

Source: The Hindu