Interdisciplinary Research Group 2: Globalization and Nanotechnology

IRG 2 is engaged in comparative study of national policies aimed at promoting nanotechnology research, development and commercialization. The group examines how different industrial policies, in combination with international cooperation and collaboration among researchers, shape distinctive nanoscience and industry outcomes. Countries studied include the U.S., Mexico, China, Japan, and Korea, with newer studies focusing on other Latin American countries and East and South Asia. Field research and interviews are combined with an analysis of patent and publication data, drawn from a Globonano database consisting of more than 400,000 nano-related publications, patent data for over 80 countries, and an inventory of nano-related products.  IRG 2 is also concerned with workplace health and safety issues. The MacArthur Chair awarded in 2010 to IRG 2 leader Appelbaum enhances CNS’ focus on jobs, job creation, and workplace safety issues in the Pacific Rim. More

IRG 2 comprises: Rich Appelbaum, Group Leader and CNS Executive Committee Member; Frederick Block (UC Davis), Cong Cao (University of Nottingham, England), Guillermo Folodari (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas), Edgar Záyago Lau (Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas), Stacey Frederick (Duke University), Matthew Gebbie (University of California, Santa Barbara), Gary Gereffi (Duke University), Shirley Han (University of California, Santa Barbara), Patrick Herron (Duke University), Timothy Lenoir (Duke University), Aashish Mehta (University of California, Santa Barbara), Yasuyuki Motoyama (Kauffman Foundation), Galen Stocking (University of California, Santa Barbara), Rachel Parker (Science and Technology Policy Institute), and Luciano Kay (University of California, Santa Barbara).

Research Projects: IRG 2’s researchers seek to better understand the interplay of national and transnational forces in shaping nanotechology development. At the national level, science and technology policy has been a driver of nanotechnology, with many countries (including China) modeling their approach on the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. China, however, has pushed governmental support further towards the commercial end of the innovation/commercialization continuum in an effort to become globally competitive. Yet at the same time, nanotechnology R&D is highly globalized, through international collaborations, conferences, and institutional cooperative agreements.

For a synthesis of IRG 2 research, see the report, Globalization and Nanotechnology: The Role of State Policy and International Collaboration.


IRG 2 Projects Include:

1. China's Developmental State: Becoming a 21st Century Nanotech Leader

2. Comparative Study of State Nanotechnology Policy: U.S., China, Japan

3. Drivers of Nanotechnology Commercialization in China: Suzhou Industrial Park

4. Development of GLOBONANO Database

5. Global Value Chain Analysis

6. International Collaboration in Nanotech Research and Publication Quality

7. Contribution of Foreign-Born Scientists to Nanotechnology Innovation

8. UCMEXUS/CONACYT Binational Collaboration (USA-Mexico) in the Development of Nanotechnology

9. ReLANS, Research in Mexico, Latin America

10. Bibliometric and Patent Analysis/Mapping

11. Open Doors: Chinese (and other foreign) students studying in the U.S.

12. Will Nanotechnology Prove to be Disruptive? Effects on the Workforce of an Emerging Technology

13. Corporate Strategies of Latin American Nanotech Companies and Their Policy and Institutional Contexts with Focus on Argentina and Brazil

14. Survey of China Nanotechnology Scholars in Leading Chinese Universities

15. Framing Nanotechnology in the Media

IRG 2 Completed Projects Include:

The implications of China's Move to High-Tech innovation for U.S. Policy

Drivers of Nanotechnology Commercialization in China: Patent Analysis

Comparative Statistical Analysis of Nano throughout the world

[Nano]Technology for Equitable Development