Foundations of Chemical Reaction Network Theory

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Chemical Reaction Network Theory started in the 1970s with the seminal work of Fritz Horn, Roy Jackson and Martin Feinberg [1][2][3].

A chemical reaction network is a triple (\mathcal S,\mathcal C,\mathcal R)

A great introduction to the subject are M. Feinberg's lecture notes.


  1. R. Horn, R. Jackson, General mass action kinetics, Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. 47 (1972) 81-116
  2. F. Horn, Necessary and sufficient conditions for complex balancing in chemical kinetics, Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal., 49 (1972) 172-186
  3. M. Feinberg, Complex balancing in general kinetic systems, Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal., 49 (1972) 187-194