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I'm currently researching on manufacturing bioplastics. During one of the steps, HCl is added to break down amylopectin into amylose, but I don't understand how exactly this happens. It would really help if figures were included to illustrate.

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    $\begingroup$ I presume you mean hydrochloric acid. Start with the mechanism of acetal hydrolysis. The topic will be covered in any reputable organic chemistry text. As a new user, be aware that you are expected to show some effort to solve the problem. Welcome to ChemSE. $\endgroup$ – user55119 Apr 30 at 2:03

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