Classification of clock reactions

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Autocatalytic systems are sometimes designated as clock reactions or reactions that exhibit clock behavior. To resolve the recent dispute over the term clock reaction, we describe a new approach to classify systems featuring clock behavior into three distinct groups: substrate-depletive clock reactions, auto-catalysis- driven clock reactions, and systems that have pseudo clock behavior. Many of the well-known classical and recently discovered reactions can conveniently be put into these categories. We also provide a convincing argument for classifying some autocatalytic processes as clock reactions, but it does not necessarily mean that all autocatalytic processes should be classified as autocatalysis-driven clock reactions. This classification can be conveniently performed if the kinetic nature of the given system has been completely elucidated and understood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-594
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 23 2015


  • Autocatalysis
  • Landolt reaction
  • Pseudo-clock behavior
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Substrate depletive reactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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