Sectoral Foresight Studies: Future Perspectives of Nanotechnologies

  • Oleg Karasev
  • Anastasia Edelkina


Nanotechnology applications are proliferating, though the number commercialised is far outstripped by those under development. This chapter presents an approach to identifying the most promising nanoindustry product groups, the technological breakthroughs associated with these, and prospects for emergence of nanotechnology markets. In the Russian context, it suggested that significant niches in these nanotechnology markets can be established, by making an measured choice of priorities and focusing efforts on achieving these. Acting upon such priorities requires coordinated efforts from key actors throughout the life cycle of nanoproducts – from development to commercialization, not just in the research phase. We argue that the effectiveness of the measures that are taken will depend on the extent to which recommendations based on Foresight studies are taken on board in management decisions affecting the nascent nanoindustry's scientific, technological, and market development.


Product Group Market Potential Technological Breakthrough Traditional Industry Nanotechnology Application 
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This study was undertaken with support from the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oleg Karasev
    • 1
  • Anastasia Edelkina
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of KnowledgeNational Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)MoscowRussia

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