Oscillations, Waves, and Chaos in Chemical Kinetics

Paperback | August 1, 1994

byStephen K. Scott

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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 iodate-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; tooscillations 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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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: th...

Stephen K. Scott is at University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198558449

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to basic concepts2. Clocks and fronts3. Resetting the clock: oscillations4. Targets, spirals and scrolls5. Bistability: steady states in flow reactors6. Oscillatory reactions in flow systems

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'A short, accessible and well organized account ...'Nature. Dec '94