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n. pl. au·to·ca·tal·y·ses (-sēz′)
Catalysis of a chemical reaction by one of the products of the reaction.

au′to·cat′a·lyt′ic (-kăt′l-ĭt′ĭk) adj.
au′to·cat′a·lyt′i·cal·ly adv.
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(Chemistry) causing its own chemical reaction
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Adj.1.autocatalytic - relating to or proceeding by autocatalysisautocatalytic - relating to or proceeding by autocatalysis
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In case of isothermal curing of epoxide systems, several authors employed Kamal equation to investigate the extent of autocatalytic reaction [10,12,14-19, 24], as follows:
(22.) Balaraju, JN, Rajam, KS, "Preparation and Characterization of Autocatalytic Low Phosphorus Nickel Coatings Containing Submicron Silicon Nitride Particles." J.
PGMs are routinely used in many catalytic systems and are the active elements of autocatalytic converters that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Chloride ions are notorious for forming pitting corrosion, and once a pit is formed, the environmental attack is autocatalytic, meaning the reaction product is itself the catalyst for the reaction.
According to the surface autocatalytic principle (27), N[H.sub.2]OH cannot reduce HAu[Cl.sub.4].
Such phenomena are the essence of self-organization, which occurs in many autocatalytic systems (Ulanowicz, 1997).
It is noted that oxygen plays an autocatalytic role in the degradation cycle through the formation and subsequent decomposition of peroxide and hydroperoxide species.
As he says, this is an autocatalytic theory of evolution.
All are representative of the slow, cumulative development of "autocatalytic" patterns and positive feedback loops that eventually emerge as "complex, adaptive systems" - organisms capable of sustaining their identity while constantly changing to meet new environments.
We interpret this behavior as being indicative of a complex autocatalytic oxidation chemistry.
However DCPO decomposition kinetics was proved to be sensitive to environment [41]: in the absence of oxygen, DCPO decomposition follows a pseudo-first order kinetics model, whereas an autocatalytic model is more adequate in the presence of oxygen.
To predict the cure time, a phenomenological autocatalytic model is used since it gives the best fit [12, 18, 26].