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The journal of physical chemistry. B

Oscillation of a polymer gel entrained with a periodic force.


PMID 23346978

Abstract

The oscillation of a polymer gel induced by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction was investigated under an external force composed of a square wave. The oscillation of the BZ reaction entrained to the periodic force and the features of this entrainment changed depending on the period and duty cycle of the square wave. The experimental results suggest that the change in the volume of the gel also gave feedback to the BZ reaction. The mechanism of entrainment is discussed in relation to the compression of the gel and the reaction-diffusion system in the BZ reaction.