– Spontaneous, Dynamic, and Wonderous –
Department – Chemistry & Biochemistry (Graduate Student) –
Research Field – Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics –
How image was captured – Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera –
Research Impact & Significance – The Belousov–Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction is an exciting example of nonlinear dynamic chemistry. Unlike most chemical reactions, it does not react to completion in a typical (and boring) way. Rather a rhythmic display of moving patterns can form spontaneously – seen here with rings, spirals, and other complex geometric shapes. Studying these blue waves within the ruby colored medium yields new understandings and possible control mechanisms over visually and mathematically analogous systems, such as: Giant Asian Honeybees “shimmering”, cAMP communication in slime mold, calcium waves in frog eggs, and electric pulses for both neurons and ventricular fibrillation.