The effect of the transfer rate of signal molecules on coupled chemical oscillators arranged on a two-dimensional plane was systematically investigated in this paper. A microreactor equipped with a surface acoustic wave (SAW) mixer was applied to adjust the transfer rate of the signal molecules in the microreactor. The SAW mixer with adjustable input powers provided a simple means to generate different mixing rates in the microreactor. A robust synchronization of the oscillators was found at an input radio frequency power of 20 dBm, with which the chemical waves were initiated at a fixed site of the oscillator system. With increasing input power, the frequency of the chemical waves was increased, which agreed well with the prediction given by the time-delayed phase oscillator model. Results from the finite element simulation agreed well with the experimental results.
|Early online date||28 Apr 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Aug 2016|