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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