Anticipating technological breakthroughs: Using bibliographic coupling to explore the nanotubes paradigm

Kuusi, Osmo and Meyer, Martin (2007) Anticipating technological breakthroughs: Using bibliographic coupling to explore the nanotubes paradigm. Scientometrics, 70 (3). pp. 759-777.

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Abstract

There is general consensus that the field of nanotechnology will be very important in the future. An open question is, however, which technological approaches or paradigms will be important in the field. The paper assumes that the carbon nanotube will be a key element of an emerging technological paradigm in nanotechnology. This study employs a bibliometric method ¿ bibliographic coupling ¿ to identify important nanotubes-related `leitbilder¿ ¿ a concept meaning `guiding images¿ that provide a basis for different professions and disciplines to work in the same direction. Until recently, bibliographic coupling has been applied rarely for purposes of research evaluation, not to mention technology foresight. Our case study seems to suggest that bibliographic coupling is particularly suitable for anticipating technological breakthroughs. Bibliographic coupling analysis of recent nanotube-related patents focused our attention to recent patents owned by Nantero Inc. Nantero¿s main focus is the development of NRAM ¿ a high-density nonvolatile random access memory. The NRAM leitbild seems to be an important emerging leitbild. It connects technical opportunities and promising applications relating to the memories in devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, as well as applications in networking arena.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:59
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2012 14:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23358
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