Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact
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Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact

Edited by Dimitris G. Assimakopoulos, Ilan Oshri and Krsto Pandza

The development of emerging technologies demands a rapidly expanding knowledge base and intensive collaboration across organizational, institutional and cultural borders. This book is the first of its kind to focus on the management of key emerging technologies and their social and economic impact in Europe. Split into four parts, across seventeen chapters, the scholars offer multiple levels of analysis concerning the management of emerging technologies across various sectors ranging from nanotechnology, renewable energy and cloud computing to synthetic biology and particle therapy for cancer.
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Chapter 7: Nanotechnology in Ireland: an analysis of the patent co-classification network

Benjamin Schrempf and Evgenia Dolgova


Nanotechnology – named as ‘the key-technology [sic] of the 21st century’ (Bhattacharya and Shilpa, 2011) – is often defined as technology to manipulate and control matter at the scale of 1–100 nanometres. Nanotechnology represents an interesting case for the scholars of emergent technologies, as it is applied across a variety of sectors, from information and communication technology (ICT) to biotechnology, and from the pharmaceutical industry to material science and manufacturing. Although nanotechnology as a scientific field substantially impacts upon the socio-economic development of the European economy, it is particularly important for the Republic of Ireland, as the country holds a revealed technological advantage in nanotechnology compared to other countries of Western Europe (OECD, 2009). At the same time the Republic of Ireland also hosts strong semiconductor, materials and biotechnology sectors (Forfás, 2010) that apply nanotechnology extensively.

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