THERMOCOL & ART ...
Understanding Thermocol as Science wants us to.
Thermocol is a commercial name, which has over the years due to its popular association become the accepted term for the chemical ‘Polystyrene’. Polystyrene was first Produced by the German company Badishche Anilin and Soda Fabrics (BASF) in the year 1951 and was assigned the trade name of thermocol. A lot of research dating back since 1930’s had contributed to this development. Polystyrene is a long chain hydrocarbon wherein alternating carbon centers are attached to phenyl groups. Polystyrene’s chemical formula is (C8H8) thus it contains the chemical elements carbon and hydrogen.
To cut a long story short, thermocol is a petroleum product produced by polymerization of certain petroleum molecules. Certain hydrocarbon polymers when subjected to steam n high pressure tend to expand. They sort of get blown up with gas.