Enhancement of chemical oscillations by self-generated convective flows

Oleg E. Shklyaev, Victor V. Yashin, Samuel I. Stupp, Anna C. Balazs*

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Chemical feedback loops in fluids can produce not only chemical oscillations, but also density variations that generate solutal buoyancy forces, which in turn initiate fluid flow. Using analytical and computational models, we herein examine how the reaction-induced flows alter the chemical oscillations in a fluid-filled chamber whose top and bottom walls are coated with different enzymes. Due to this chemo-fluidic coupling, the systems form oscillating flow patterns, which combine the characteristic size of the buoyancy-driven convection rolls with the frequency of the chemical oscillations. With changes in the distance between the enzyme-coated walls, the convective flows not only enhance or suppress the chemical oscillations, but also substantially increase the amplitude and frequency of the oscillations and extend the regime of the oscillatory behavior. These design principles can facilitate the development of artificial biochemical networks that act as chemical clocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number70
JournalCommunications Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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