depolymerization

Also contains definition of: unzipping
https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.D01600
The process of converting a @P04735@ into a @M04017@ or a mixture of monomers.
Note:
Unzipping is depolymerization occurring by a @ST06775@ of reactions, progressing along a @M03667@ and yielding products, usually @M04019@ at each @R05178@, 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 [Terms] [Paper]