Research Paper

Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, 16:2193

First online:

Twelve years of nanoscience and nanotechnology publications in Mexico

  • Edgar Záyago LauAffiliated withUniversidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Development Studies Academic Unit Email author 
  • , Stacey FrederickAffiliated withCenter on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness CGGC, Duke University
  • , Guillermo FoladoriAffiliated withDevelopment Studies Academic Unit, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas

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Mexico is the second country in Latin America with regard to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research and Development, according to various indicators. Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies are viewed as strategic areas in government policy since 2001. In the last few decades, important policy changes in Science and Technology (S&T) have been implemented with an aim to integrate the business sector with government scientific research. This article reviews information from the Web of Science relevant to articles on nanoscience and nanotechnology stretching back 12 years, and explains the changes in S&T policy. The information uncovered leads to three conclusions: the participation of the business sector is negligible; there is a significant concentration of scientific production among a very few institutions; and the country is essentially divided geographically, with scientific production concentrated in the center and north of the country.


Nanotechnology Nanoscience Bibliometrics Mexico Science and Technology