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Synergetics pp 263-291 | Cite as

Chemical and Biochemical Systems

  • Hermann Haken
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Abstract

Basically, we may distinguish between two different kinds of chemical processes:
  1. 1)

    Several chemical reactants are put together at a certain instant, and we are then studying the processes going on. In customary thermodynamics, one usually compares only the reactants and the final products and observes in which direction a process goes. This is not the topic we want to treat in this book. We rather consider the following situation, which may serve as a model for biochemical reactants.

     
  2. 2)
    Several reactants are continuously fed into a reactor where new chemicals are continuously produced. The products are then removed in such a way that we have steady state conditions. These processes can be maintained only under conditions far from thermal equilibrium. A number of interesting questions arise which will have a bearing on theories of formation of structures in biological systems and on theories of evolution. The questions we want to focus our attention on are especially the following:
    1. 1)

      Under which conditions can we get certain products in large well-controlled concentrations?

       
    2. 2)

      Can chemical reactions produce spatial or temporal or spatio-temporal patterns?

       
     

Keywords

Transition Rate Master Equation Detailed Balance Soft Mode Biochemical System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Germany

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