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The process of converting a polymer into a monomer or a mixture of monomers.
Unzipping is depolymerization occurring by a sequence of reactions, progressing along a macromolecule and yielding products, usually monomer molecules at each reaction step, from which macromolecules similar to the original can be regenerated.
PAC, 1996, 68, 2287 (Glossary of basic terms in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)) on page 2309
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