Oscillations, Waves, and Chaos in Chemical Kinetics

Oscillations, Waves, and Chaos in Chemical Kinetics

by Stephen K. Scott


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Oscillations, Waves, and Chaos in Chemical Kinetics by Stephen K. Scott

The phenomena of oscillations, travelling waves, and chaos in reacting chemical systems began as curiosities but now support an active, international research field. This book shows how these "exotic" patterns arise from the underlying chemical mechanisms. The origin of "chemical feedback" is revealed using three example reactions: the isolate-reductant (Landolt) reaction, the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, and the combustion of hydrogen. Thermal feedback is also discussed. These mechanisms lead to clock reactions and travelling reaction fronts, thermal runaway, and flames; to oscillations and excitability; to target patterns, spiral and scroll waves; to bistability, ignition, extinction, and hysteresis; and to complex oscillations and chaos in flow reactors. These phenomena are related to important processes in biology, including the development of cardiac arrhythmias, nerve signal transmission, and animal coat patterning.

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ISBN-13: 9780198558323
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/29/1994
Series: Oxford Chemistry Primers Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.63(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.45(d)

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University of Leeds

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