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Nanotechnology research in Turkey: A university-driven achievement

Berna Beyhan () and Mehmet Pamukçu ()
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Berna Beyhan: TEKPOL, Science and Technology Policy Studies, Middle East Technical University

No 1107, STPS Working Papers from STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University

Abstract: We deal with nanotechnology research activities in Turkey. Based on publication data retrieved from ISI Web of SSCI database, the main actors and the main characteristics of nanotechnology research in Turkey are identified. Following a brief introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology research, it goes on with a discussion on nanotechnology related science and technology policy efforts in developing countries and particularly in Turkey. Then using bibliometric methods and social network analysis techniques, this paper aims to understand the main actors of the nanoscale research in Turkey and how they collaborate across institutes and disciplines. The research indicates that there has been an exponential growth in the number of research articles published by Turkish nanoscience and nanotechnology (NST) scholars for the last ten years. However, the analysis of the main characteristics of nanotechnology research carried out at Turkish universities indicates some drawbacks and barriers to the future development of nanotechnology research in Turkey. These barriers are (i) a high concentration of nanoscale research at certain universities; (ii) low level of interdisciplinarity; (iii) a large number of universities which are not well connected to other universities in the field, and finally (iv) low level of international collaborations. Finally, science and technology policy implications of this research are discussed in the conclusion.

Keywords: Emerging technologies nanotechnology; nanoscience; scientific publications; SSCI; bibliometric data; social network analysis; collaborations; interdisciplinarity; science and technology policies; emerging economies; Turkey. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-cse and nep-cwa
Date: 2011-07, Revised 2011-07
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