Chemical Kinetics

Chemical Kinetics

Beyond the Textbook

Katja Lindenberg, Ralf Metzler;Gleb Oshanin


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Processes involving randomly moving particles, which react either upon encounter or via distance-dependent reaction rates, are ubiquitous in nature. A few stray examples are recombination of ions or holes and electrons, excitation energy migration and quenching, trapping of particles by other species, coagulation, binding of ligands and proteins to specific sites, chemotaxis, catalytically-induced self-propulsion, polymerization, growth of dendrites or aggregates, or nuclei of a new phase.

Several decades ago, it was recognized that the kinetic behavior in some systems with reactions and random transport is strongly affected by many factors, which were not taken into account in previous studies. These are, to name but a few, fluctuations in the spatial distributions of the reactants and fluctuations of the reactivity, some essentially many-particle phenomena, effects of anomalous diffusion, molecular crowding, as well as the internal geometry of the reaction bath. Within recent years, along with a growing interest in chemical processes ocurring in biological systems or cellular environments, numerous advances have been made and considerable knowledge has been acquired. These seminal contributions are, however, scattered among many journals and no attempt has been made so far to present a unified picture.

This book presents a general overview of different contemporary facets of chemical kinetics in a variety of different environments. It includes 23 seminal works and reviews on different aspects of reaction processes in chemical, physical and biophysical systems, both theoretical and experimental.

  • Fluctuations and Correlations in Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Population Dynamics (Uwe C Täuber)
  • Encounter Theory of Chemical Reactions in Solution: Approximate Methods of Calculating Rate Constants (Alexander B Doktorov)
  • Non-Markovian Kinetics of Reactions in Solutions (Konstantin L Ivanov, Nikita N Lukzen, and Alexander B Doktorov)
  • Integral Encounter Theory: A Universal Method for Kinetic Description of Multistage Reactions in Solutions (Konstantin L Ivanov and Nikita N Lukzen)
  • A New Method of Solution for the Fredholm Integral Equation and Its Application to the Diffusion-Influenced Reaction Kinetics (Sangyoub Lee)
  • Geminate Electron–Hole Recombination in Homogeneous and Heterojunction Systems (Mariusz Wojcik)
  • Anomalous Kinetics of Catalytic Conversion Reactions in Linear Nanopores Mediated by Inhibited Transport: Multiscale Modeling (Andrés Garcia, Chi-Jen Wang, David M Ackerman, Mark S Gordon, Igor I Slowing, and James W Evans)
  • Imperfect Diffusion-Controlled Reactions (Denis S Grebenkov)
  • Survival, Absorption and Escape of Interacting Diffusing Particles (Tal Agranov and Baruch Meerson)
  • Polymer Reaction Kinetics Beyond Markov Hypothesis (O Bénichou, T Guérin, and R Voituriez)
  • Reaction Kinetics in the Few-Encounter Limit (David Hartich and Aljaž Godec)
  • Spatially Inhomogeneous Search Strategies (Anne Hafner and Heiko Rieger)
  • Markov and Non-Markov Transport Processes within Bulk-Mediated Surface Diffusion Schemes (Horacio S Wio and Jorge A Revelli)
  • Diffusion to Capture and the Concept of Diffusive Interactions (Marta Galanti, Duccio Fanelli, Sergey D Traytak, and Francesco Piazza)
  • Chemical Reactions for Molecular and Cellular Biology (O Shukron, U Dobramysl, and D Holcman)
  • First-Passage Processes and Encounter-Controlled Reactions in Growing Domains (E Abad, C Escudero, F Le Vot, and S B Yuste)
  • A Case Study of Thermodynamic Bounds for Chemical Kinetics (K Proesmans, L Peliti, and D Lacoste)
  • The Essential Role of Thermodynamics in Metabolic Network Modeling: Physical Insights and Computational Challenges (A De Martino, D De Martino, and E Marinari)
  • Kinetics of Protein–DNA Interactions: First-Passage Analysis (Maria P Kochugaeva, Alexey A Shvets, and Anatoly B Kolomeisky)
  • Modeling Chemotaxis of Microswimmers: From Individual to Collective Behavior (B Liebchen and H Löwen)
  • Adopting the Boundary Homogenization Approximation from Chemical Kinetics to Motile Chemically Active Particles (M N Popescu and W E Uspal)
  • Modeling Active Emulsions (Holger Stark and Maximilian Schmitt)
  • Hydrodynamic Theory of Phoretic Propulsion: Clarifications, New Concepts, and Reassessment (Sergey D Traytak)

Readership: Physical chemists working and researching in chemical, physical, biophysical systems, both theoretical and experimental at a post grad and researcher level. Chemical Kinetics;Fluctuation Phenomena;Biophysical Reactions;Mathematical Models00