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Before beginning my PhD I was involved in experimental physical chemistry and chaos theory as applied to the problem of self sustained reactions. In particular we studied the well-known Belousov-Zhabotinsky oscillating reaction. When we performed it in a close unstirred reactor, we found that, under certain conditions, the reaction showed a transition from periodic to chaotic oscillations, following the universal RTN scenario. We were able to study the transition in many different systems, using the fundamentals of chaos theory, the nonlinear time series analysis and hydrodynamics.