Depolymerization

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Depolymerization (or depolymerisation) is the process of converting a polymer into a monomer or a mixture of monomers.[1]

Thioglycolysis, thiolysis and phloroglucinolysis are reactions used to study condensed tannins by means of their depolymerisation. Thioglycolysis is also used to study lignin.

IUPAC definition

The process of converting a polymer into a monomer or a mixture of monomers.

Note: 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Depolymerization, IUPAC Goldbook
  2. ^ "Glossary of basic terms in polymer science (IUPAC Recommendations 1996)". Pure and Applied Chemistry 68 (12): 2287–2311. 1996. doi:10.1351/pac199668122287. 

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