Depolymerization and self-disassembly of plant polymers
Biopolymers can be radiolytically degraded mainly in two ways. The first way, depolymerization, occurs at not so high temperatures and consists in random cleavage of bridges between monomer units. The second process, self-disassembly, is realized at higher temperatures by consecutive shortening the polymer chain from its end and is accompanied by the elimination of monocyclic products. Instructions for self-disassembly are encoded in the structural features of the primary macroradicals.