Inventory of nanotechnology companies in Mexico

  • Richard Appelbaum
  • Edgar Zayago Lau
  • Guillermo Foladori
  • Rachel Parker
  • Laura Liliana Villa Vazquez
  • Eduardo Robles Belmont
  • Edgar Ramón Arteaga Figueroa
Research Paper


This study presents an inventory of 139 nanotechnology companies in Mexico, identifying their geographic distribution, economic sector classification, and position in the nanotechnology value chain. We find that the principal economic sector of nanotechnology-engaged firms involves the manufacture of chemical products, which largely serve as means of production (primary or intermediate materials; instruments and equipment) for industrial processes. The methodology used in this analysis could be replicated in other countries without major modifications.


Production networks Technology Technological change Developing countries Innovation Nanotechnology Mexico Value chain 



Project “Nanotechnology in the Mexican industrial policy. A comparative methodological framework” UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grant, 2014–2015. Edgar Zayago Lau would like to thank PRODEP (Red Internacional de Desarrollo, sustentabilidad y seguridad humana) for the support provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Appelbaum
    • 1
  • Edgar Zayago Lau
    • 2
    • 3
  • Guillermo Foladori
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rachel Parker
    • 5
  • Laura Liliana Villa Vazquez
    • 4
    • 6
  • Eduardo Robles Belmont
    • 7
  • Edgar Ramón Arteaga Figueroa
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.MacArthur Foundation Chair in Sociology and Global & International Studies Co-PI, Center for Nanotechnology and Society, Social Science and Media Studies 2103University of California at Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Multidisciplinary Graduate ProgramsCenter for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV, Zacatenco).Mexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Unidad Académica en Estudios del DesarrolloUniversidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. Latin American Nanotechnology & Society Network (ReLANS)ZacatecasMexico
  4. 4.Universidad Autónoma de ZacatecasZacatecasMexico
  5. 5.Research ProgramsCanadian Institute for Advanced ResearchTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Postdoctoral Fellow of the Multidisciplinary Graduate Programs.Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV, Ciudad de Mexico)Mexico CityMexico
  7. 7.Institute for Research in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS)UNAMMexico CityMexico

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