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China–US scientific collaboration in nanotechnology: patterns and dynamics

  • Li TangAffiliated withSchool of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of TechnologySchool of Public Economics and Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • , Philip ShapiraAffiliated withSchool of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of TechnologyManchester Institute of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester Email author 

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This paper examines the rapid growth of China in the field of nanotechnology and the rise of collaboration between China and the US in this emerging domain. Chinese scientific papers in nanotechnology are analyzed to indicate overall trends, leading fields and the most prolific institutions. Patterns of ChinaUS nanotechnology paper co-authorship are examined over the period 1990–2009, with an analysis of how these patterns have changed over time. The paper combines bibliometric analysis and science mapping. We find rapid development in the number of ChinaUS co-authored nanotechnology papers as well as structural changes in array of collaborative nanotechnology sub-fields. Implications for both China and the US of this evolving relationship are discussed.


ChinaUS scientific collaboration Bibliometric analysis Science mapping Nanotechnology