Biosa, Grazia and Bastianoni, Simone and Rustici, Mauro (2006) Chemical Waves. Chemistry: a European Journal, Vol. 12 (13), p. 3430-3437. eISSN 1521-3765. Article.
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In our paper we try to describe the basic concepts of chemical waves and spatial pattern formation in a simple way. We pay particular attention to self-organisation phenomena in extended excitable systems. These result in the appearance of travelling waves, spiral waves, target patterns, Turing structures or more complicated structures called scroll waves, which are three-dimensional systems. We describe the most famous oscillating reaction, the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, in greater detail. This is because it is of great interest in both physical chemistry and in studies on the evolution and sustenance of self-organising biological systems.
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