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What happens on a chemical level when a polymeric material (like paper, fabric or textiles) is cut with a knife or scissors? I'm guessing that because polymers are generally quite long, chemical bonds must be broken when the material is cut. Is this correct? Do free radicals form at the end of the cut polymers? I have recently taken undergrad level organic chemistry, and am curious about what the chemical mechanism(if its known)might be.
Re: Does a chemical reaction occur when a polymer is physically severed?
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