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Special Issue "Probability Distributions and Maximum Entropy in Stochastic Chemical Reaction Networks"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
Interests: stochastic kinetics; statistical thermodynamics; molecular simulations; antimicrobials
According to the second law of thermodynamics, when isolated systems are at an equilibrium state, their entropy is maximum. Numerous attempts have been made to establish a similar criterion for non-equilibrium steady states (NESS). For decades, the question has been posed whether NESS are stable when the entropy or the rate of entropy production is maximum or minimum. A satisfactory answer has yet to be provided, and there is no established criterion for NESS.
Chemical reaction networks away from the thermodynamic limit have drawn considerable attention in the past two decades with the advent of numerous stochastic simulation algorithms. Instead of the canonical continuous-deterministic models of reaction kinetics, reactions with small numbers of reactants are modeled with discrete-stochastic (e.g., Gillespie algorithms) or continuous-stochastic (e.g., Langevin equations) models. The outcome of these models is a probability distribution of the number of molecules for each of the reactants or products in the system. Because of the probabilistic nature of these networks, which can be studied in non-equilibrium steady states, the entropy may be computed and parallels may be drawn with molecular thermodynamics of systems at equilibrium, as well as with information theory arguments.
In this Special Issue, we welcome papers reporting on the progress of stochastic kinetic models for reaction networks. We welcome review and original papers in subjects that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- NESS of stochastic reaction networks
- Stochastic simulation algorithms
- Hybrid and multiscale modeling formalisms
- Chemical master equations
- Steady state probabilities of reaction networks
- Entropy and entropy production in reaction networks
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- Stochastic chemical reactions
- Non-equilibrium steady states (NESS)
- Probability distributions
- Entropy and entropy production in NESS