Nanotechnology for social needs: contributions from Latin American research in the areas of health, energy and water

  • Noela InvernizziEmail author
  • Guillermo Foladori
  • Eduardo Robles-Belmont
  • Edgar Záyago Lau
  • Edgar Arteaga Figueroa
  • Carolina Bagattolli
  • Tomás Javier Carrozza
  • Adriana Chiancone
  • William Urquijo


This paper reviews, based on data from scientific publications and research groups, the state of the art of nanotechnology research applied to the areas of medicine, energy and water in Latin America. Such areas have been considered as particularly relevant in order to meet the social needs of the developing countries. It is shown that the countries in the region have incorporated these areas to their nanotechnology agendas and several countries have increasing research capacities. However, such capacities are concentrated in Brazil and Mexico, while the regional cooperation networks are still weak. Although the research topics tend to align with relevant social issues, there are still a number of challenges so as the results of such investigations may be effectively reflected in quality of life improvements; one of them is that many publications and research topics are on basic science, which makes it difficult to evaluate their potential application field.


Nanotechnology Social needs Nano-medicine Nano-energy Nano-water 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noela Invernizzi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Guillermo Foladori
    • 1
  • Eduardo Robles-Belmont
    • 1
  • Edgar Záyago Lau
    • 1
  • Edgar Arteaga Figueroa
    • 1
  • Carolina Bagattolli
    • 1
  • Tomás Javier Carrozza
    • 1
  • Adriana Chiancone
    • 1
  • William Urquijo
    • 1
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Políticas PúblicasUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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