Mapping Nanotechnology Innovations and Knowledge: Global and Longitudinal Patent and Literature Analysis

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 10, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 330 pages
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Introduction The description, planning and governance of nanotechnology development require data on knowledge creation and innovation in various areas of application, how these evolve in time and what is the international context. This book aims to selectively provide such information based on the analysis of databases for science and engineering articles (Thompson Citation Index) and patents (USPTO in the United States, EPO in Europe and JPO in Japan). After a survey of the investigative methods, comparative results per countries, technology fields and research organizations are presented for articles and patents in parts of the interval 1976 to 2006. Interesting features on the evolution of major research themes and connection between research awards and patents have been obtained via longitudinal investigation of the published articles and patent data, as well as connection between NSF funding in nanotechnology and patents awarded to their principal investigators. A web-based system has been developed for accessing and visualizing nanotechnology patents, articles and NSF awards. Scope and Organization The monograph aims to present its chapters in a manner understandable and useful to students, researchers, and nanotechnology professionals. The titles of the eleven chapters are listed below: Chapter 1. Nanotechnology: An Emerging Field Chapter 2. Knowledge Mapping: Foundation Chapter 3. Knowledge Mapping: Analysis Framework Chapter 4. Mapping Nanotechnology Innovations via USPTO Database: A Longitudinal Study, 1976-2002 Chapter 5. Federal Funding and Nanotechnology Innovations: NSF Funding and USPTO Patent Analysis, 1991-2002 Chapter 6.

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Dr. Hsinchun Chen is McClelland Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at the Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona. He received the Ph.D. degree in Information Systems from New York University in 1989, MBA in Finance from SUNY-Buffalo in 1985, and BS in Management Science from the National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2006. He is author of 20 books and more than 150 SCI journal articles covering knowledge management, digital library, homeland security, Web computing, and biomedical informatics in leading information technology publications. He serves on ten editorial boards, including: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, International Journal of Digital Library, and Decision Support Systems. He has served as a Scientific Advisor/Counselor of National Library of Medicine (USA), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and National Library of China (China).

Dr. Mihail C. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Roco is the founding Chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), and leads the Nanotechnology Group of the International Risk Governance Council. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, he was Professor of mechanical and chemical engineering. Dr. Roco is credited with thirteen patents, and has contributed over two hundred articles and sixteen books. Dr. Roco is a corresponding member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and member of the International Risk Governance Council. He is a Fellow of ASME, Fellow of AIChE and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and was elected as Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Society of Professional Engineers and NSF in 1999 and again in 2004. He was awarded the National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies in 2007 "as the individual most responsible for support and investment in nanotechnology by government, industry, and academia worldwide".