Process by which at least one feature of the chemical constitution
of a polymer is changed by chemical reaction(s).
A configurational change (e.g
) is not usually referred to as a chemical modification.
PAC, 2004, 76, 889
(Definitions of terms relating to reactions of polymers and to functional polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2003))
on page 891
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