Broken ballpoint pen

Broken ballpoint pen

C018/0070

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Caption

Broken ballpoint pen. The plastic casing of the ballpoint pen is made from polystyrene. This plastic contains alkane chains with benzene rings as side groups. The bulky benzene rings make it difficult for the polymer chains to slide over each other so polystyrene is brittle, not flexible like polythene, and shatters when placed under excessive pressure.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

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