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Thermal switch of oscillation frequency in belousov- zhabotinsky liquid marbles

Adamatzky, Andrew; Fullarton, Claire; Phillips, Neil; Costello, Ben De Lacy; Draper, Thomas C.


Claire Fullarton

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Dr Neil Phillips
Research Fellow in Fungal Analog Electronics

Dr Thomas Draper
Research Fellow Biosensing/ Healthcare Technology


© 2019 The Authors. External control of oscillation dynamics in the Belousov- Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction is important for many applications including encoding computing schemes. When considering the BZ reaction, there are limited studies dealing with thermal cycling, particularly cooling, for external control. Recently, liquid marbles (LMs) have been demonstrated as a means of confining the BZ reaction in a system containing a solid-liquid interface. BZ LMs were prepared by rolling 50 ml droplets in polyethylene (PE) powder. Oscillations of electrical potential differences within the marble were recorded by inserting a pair of electrodes through the LM powder coating into the BZ solution core. Electrical potential differences of up to 100mV were observed with an average period of oscillation ca 44 s. BZ LMs were subsequently frozen to 218C to observe changes in the frequency of electrical potential oscillations. The frequency of oscillations reduced upon freezing to 11mHz cf. 23 mHz at ambient temperature. The oscillation frequency of the frozen BZ LM returned to 23 mHz upon warming to ambient temperature. Several cycles of frequency fluctuations were able to be achieved.


Adamatzky, A., Fullarton, C., Phillips, N., Costello, B. D. L., & Draper, T. C. (2019). Thermal switch of oscillation frequency in belousov- zhabotinsky liquid marbles. Royal Society Open Science, 6(4), 190078.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 24, 2019
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Deposit Date May 23, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2019
Journal Royal Society Open Science
Electronic ISSN 2054-5703
Publisher Royal Society, The
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 4
Pages 190078
Keywords liquid marble, Belousov–Zhabotinsky, oscillation, thermal control
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