Mechanical Resuscitation of Chemical Oscillations in Belousov-Zhabotinsky Gels

@article{Chen2012MechanicalRO,
  title={Mechanical Resuscitation of Chemical Oscillations in Belousov-Zhabotinsky Gels},
  author={Irene Chou Chen and Olga Kuksenok and Victor V. Yashin and Anna C. Balazs and Krystyn Vliet},
  journal={Advanced Functional Materials},
  year={2012},
  volume={22},
  pages={2535-2541}
}
The conversion of mechanical to chemical energy is a natural phenomenon that few synthetic materials have been able to mimic robustly. The fi rst dem- onstration of mechanical triggering of Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) oscillations is presented in N -isopropylacrylamide- co -Ru(bpy) 3 gels for which the oscilla- tory nature of the BZ reaction can be visualized via periodic changes in color. It is demonstrated that BZ oscillations can be induced by the application of compressive stress to gels in… 

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