Nanotechnology in India: Inferring Links Between Emerging Technologies and Development

  • Vrishali Subramanian
  • Thomas S. Woodson
  • Susan Cozzens
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM, volume 14)


Nanotechnology is an emerging technology that has received much global interest, and many national governments are making substantial investments in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) activities. Developing countries, for whom the opportunity cost of research is high, are beginning to show interest in nanotechnology for two reasons. First, many developing countries are making the link between innovation and economic development, and view emerging technologies as an opportunity to “leapfrog” into frontier research areas. As a result, they are increasing their science and technology (S&T) expenditure in these technologies. Second, emerging technologies present innovation opportunities related to their development goals such as environment, health, and energy.


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These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The authors wish to thank National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) group RTTA1 for providing the India subset of the global nanotechnology database for analysis, particularly Dr. Jan Youtie and Stephen Carley.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vrishali Subramanian
    • 1
  • Thomas S. Woodson
    • 1
  • Susan Cozzens
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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