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Nanotechnology and Development
What's in it for Emerging Countries?

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Susan E. Reid, Roger Coronini, Shyama V. Ramani, Christopher Newfield, Daryl Boudreaux, Dominique Vinck, Ad Notten, Can Huang, Yilin Wu, Nédson Campos, Eduardo Robles Belmont, Rebeca de Gortari Rabiela, Nupur Chowdhury, Jorge Niosi
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037588

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  • Nanotechnology is a generic platform with potential applications in many sectors. It promises to be a motor of economic growth with inclusive development through innovation related to materials, foods, medicines, and so on. This book identifies the nature and magnitude of the nanotechnology divide between high-income countries and the rest of the world. It also studies the determinants of the evolution and functioning of state policy and technology clusters in developed regions like the USA and the EU in order to identify the strategies that can or cannot be replicated elsewhere. Tracing the trajectories in nanotechnology being carved out by four emerging countries: China, India, Brazil and Mexico, it identifies common as well as country-specific factors that influence the rates of return to public and private investment related to nanotechnology in emerging countries. The book also makes policy recommendations to bridge the nanotechnology divide while promoting economic growth and inclusive development.

    • Provides an understandable introduction to nanotechnology for non-scientists
    • Presents trajectories of both developed and developing countries in nanotechnology, so readers can learn from comparative analysis
    • Shows readers a variety of angles from which the process of industrial capacity building in a new hi-tech sector can be viewed, and a variety of methodologies with which the process can be studied
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037588
    • length: 279 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    List of figures
    List of tables
    Part I. Introduction to Nanotechnology and Participation of Developing Countries:
    1. On nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoproducts: why everyone wants to join this game? Susan E. Reid, Roger Coronini and Shyama V. Ramani
    Part II. Winning and Losing in Nanotech: Case Studies from Developed Countries:
    2. Learning from solyndra: changing paradigms in the US innovation system Christopher Newfield and Daryl Boudreaux
    3. How is a regional technology cluster created? Insight from the construction of the nanotech cluster in Grenoble Dominique Vinck and Shyama V. Ramani
    4. Co-patenting networks in nanotechnology: a comparison of South Korea and Germany Ad Notten and Shyama V. Ramani
    Part III. Placing Bets on Nanotech: Case Studies of Emerging Countries:
    5. Sure bet or mirage? On the Chinese trajectory in nanotechnology Can Huang and Yilin Wu
    6. Dancing with the scientists or how NST emerged in Brazil Nédson Campos
    7. NST without NII? The Mexican case study Eduardo Robles Belmont and Rebeca de Gortari Rabiela
    8. On India's plunge into nanotechnology: what are good ways to catch-up? Shyama V. Ramani, Nupur Chowdhury, Roger Coronini and Susan E. Reid
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    9. Nanotech after biotech in emerging economies: déjà vu or a new form of catching up? Shyama V. Ramani and Jorge Niosi

  • Editor

    Shyama V. Ramani, Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands
    Shyama V. Ramani is a Professorial Fellow in the United Nations University, UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Social Enterprise in Brunel Business School in London. Her work revolves around three core themes: the impact of the national system of innovation on the creation of industrial competence and inclusive development; the use of patent and publications statistics as indicators of competitive position and comparative advantage; and the creation of incentives for cooperation and coordination. Dr Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded the non-profit organization 'Friend in Need', an action-research unit which aims to improve sanitation coverage and waste management in rural India. For this work, she was one of the laureates of the 'Women of the Earth' trophy in 2008 awarded by the Institut de France and the Yves Rocher Foundation.


    Susan E. Reid, Roger Coronini, Shyama V. Ramani, Christopher Newfield, Daryl Boudreaux, Dominique Vinck, Ad Notten, Can Huang, Yilin Wu, Nédson Campos, Eduardo Robles Belmont, Rebeca de Gortari Rabiela, Nupur Chowdhury, Jorge Niosi

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