, Volume 94, Issue 3, pp 877–892 | Cite as

Interdisciplinarity of nano research fields: a keyword mining approach

  • Lili Wang
  • Ad Notten
  • Alexandru Surpatean


Using a keyword mining approach, this paper explores the interdisciplinary and integrative dynamics in five nano research fields. We argue that the general trend of integration in nano research fields is converging in the long run, although the degree of this convergence depends greatly on the indicators one chooses. Our results show that nano technologies applied in the five studied nano fields become more diverse over time. One field learns more and more related technologies from others. The publication and citation analysis also proves that nano technology has developed to a relatively mature stage and has become a standardized and codified technology.


Nanoscience and nanotechnology Interdisciplinarity Research fields Publication analysis Citation analysis Institutional cooperation Vocabulary mining Rough set theory 

JEL Classification

O31 O32 L52 L65 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNU-MERITMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Knowledge EngineeringMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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