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Do all polymers have the same decay time/process? If not, what makes them different?
Question Date: 2009-09-11
Answer 1:

Some polymers can be broken down by biological enzymes, and some can't. Bread, which is composed mainly of starch (a polymer of sugar), will literally melt in your mouth, because your saliva contains enzymes that can break it apart. Teflon on the other hand can only be destroyed by bombardment from ionizing radiation. I'm not sure it is even flammable.

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