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Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy. Stockholm University, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).
2011 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ISSN 1089-5639, E-ISSN 1520-5215, Vol. 115, no 28, 8073-8085 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Autocatalysis is a fundamental concept, used in a wide range of domains. From the most general definition of autocatalysis, that is, a process in which a chemical compound is able to catalyze its own formation, several different systems can be described. We detail the different categories of autocatalyses and compare them on the basis of their mechanistic, kinetic, and dynamic properties. It is shown how autocatalytic patterns can be generated by different systems of chemical reactions. With the notion of autocatalysis covering a large variety of mechanistic realizations with very similar behaviors, it is proposed that the key signature of autocatalysis is its kinetic pattern expressed in a mathematical form.

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2011. Vol. 115, no 28, 8073-8085 p.
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66576DOI: 10.1021/jp110079pISI: 000292893500003OAI: diva2:468688
authorCount :4Available from: 2011-12-21 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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