Dr. Pete Donnell 9/9/14

Monotonicity, nonexpansivity
and chemical reaction networks

Date: 9/9/2014
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Dr. Pete Donnell

There is currently significant research interest into chemical reaction networks (CRNs), largely due to their importance in biochemistry. CRNs are commonly modelled as ODEs. Given an ODE representing a CRN, characterising its possible asymptotic behaviour is in general a difficult task. A significant proportion of real world CRNs exhibit very simple behaviour, for example global convergence to a unique steady state. However, more exotic CRNs such as the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactions, which can have a stable nontrivial periodic orbit, are not uncommon.

In this talk I will give a brief overview of two areas of theory, monotonicity and nonexpansivity, that can be used to constrain the possible dynamics of an ODE. It is known that a monotone ODE cannot have stable periodic orbits. If a monotone ODE also has a linear first integral, it is possible in some cases to show that it is nonexpansive and that every bounded trajectory converges to a steady state. Examples drawn from chemical reaction network theory will be presented as applications of this result.

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