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    Why can't polyalkenes degrade?
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    Because microbes can't break them down...?

    That's all my book says anyway, and my teacher probably didn't explain why. I would like to know the full reason myself, actually.
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    Because microbes can't break them down...?

    That's all my book says anyway, and my teacher probably didn't explain why. I would like to know the full reason myself, actually.
    Both carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds are strong and virtually non-polar. There is nothing to get attracted to.
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    Both carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds are strong and virtually non-polar. There is nothing to get attracted to.
    I thought it had something to do with the bonds being very hard to break...
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    I thought it had something to do with the bonds being very hard to break...
    Strong=hard to break.
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    (Original post by fayled)
    Strong=hard to break.
    I wasn't thinking about bond strength in particular when I was thinking of my answer.
 
 
 
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