Dissipative structures in a two-cell system: Numerical and experimental approaches


It has been shown that the coupling between the photoreduction of the oxidized form of dichloroindophenol (an artificial electron acceptor) by thylakoids and the incident light intensity can lead to the appearance of multiple steady states when the system is operated under open conditions. In the present work, a numerical study and experimental evidence are presented on the occurrence of dissipative structures in an arrangement of two continuously stirred tank reactors with mutual mass exchange of dichloroindophenol through an inert membrane. The stable spatial structures are generated by the creation of transient internal and external asymmetries. A nontrivial hysteresis effect between symmetric and asymmetric stable steady states has been observed.

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