depolymerization

Also contains definition of: unzipping
https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.D01600
The process of converting a polymer into a monomer or a mixture of monomers.
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Unzipping is depolymerization occurring by a @[email protected] of reactions, progressing along a @[email protected] and yielding products, usually @[email protected] at each @[email protected], from which macromolecules similar to the original can be regenerated.
Source:
PAC, 1996, 68, 2287. 'Glossary of basic terms in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)' on page 2309 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199668122287)