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    I'm doing the hydrolysis of polyesters and polyamides but can you hydrolyse a polymer that's been made from one monomer i.e. a monomer with a COOH and OH / COOH and NH2 group?
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    (Original post by white_o)
    I'm doing the hydrolysis of polyesters and polyamides but can you hydrolyse a polymer that's been made from one monomer i.e. a monomer with a COOH and OH / COOH and NH2 group?
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    Yes you can.

    Hydrolysis involves attacking the ester/amide linkage.

    Since polymers made from hydroxycarboxylic acids or aminocarboxylic acids contain this bond, it should be attacked in the same way.
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    Yes you can.

    Hydrolysis involves attacking the ester/amide linkage.

    Since polymers made from hydroxycarboxylic acids or aminocarboxylic acids contain this bond, it should be attacked in the same way.
    So would the product just be one monomer, following the same rules as normal hydrolysis, so Nh3+ at one end and COOH at the other for acid hydrolysis of the polyamide etc?
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    (Original post by white_o)
    So would the product just be one monomer, following the same rules as normal hydrolysis, so Nh3+ at one end and COOH at the other for acid hydrolysis of the polyamide etc?
    Yes, since only one monomer was used to build it.
    And yes that's what you'd get in acid hydrolysis.
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    (Original post by RMNDK)
    Yes, since only one monomer was used to build it.
    And yes that's what you'd get in acid hydrolysis.
    Okay thanks a lot (:
 
 
 
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