A coupled chemical burster: The chlorine dioxide–iodide reaction in two flow reactors

Dolnik, Milos; Epstein, Irving R.
January 1993
Journal of Chemical Physics;1/15/1993, Vol. 98 Issue 2, p1149
Academic Journal
The dynamical behavior of the chlorine dioxide–iodide reaction has been studied in a system consisting of two continuous flow stirred tank reactors (CSTRs). The reactors are coupled by computer monitoring of the electrochemical potential in each reactor, which is then used to control the input into the other reactor. Two forms of coupling are employed: reciprocally triggered, exponentially decreasing stimulation, and alternating mass exchange. The reaction, which exhibits oscillatory and excitable behavior in a single CSTR, displays neuronlike bursting behavior with both forms of coupling. Reciprocal stimulation yields bursting in both reactors, while with alternating mass exchange, bursting is observed in one reactor and complex oscillation in the other. A simple model of the reaction gives good agreement between the experimental observations and numerical simulations.


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