China contributes to a third of world’s nanotech papers: report

China contributed to over 1/3 of the world’s total science papers on nanotechnology, and its patent applications accounted for 45% of the world’s total in the last 2 decades, said a white paper issued on Tuesday.

The white paper was reviewed by international science journal publisher Springer Nature, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and China’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, revealing the advantages and characteristics of nanoscience research in China.

The white paper said China produced over 52,000 papers related to nanotechnology in 2016, and the figure was only 820 twenty years ago. Back then, Chinese scientists contributed to only 6% of Science Citation Index (SCI) papers. Currently, the number of nanoscience papers produced by the country is twice as many as that of the United States.

In addition, China has become the largest country in terms of nano-related patent applications, with more than 200,000 patents applied in the last 20 years. The number of applications made by the United States during the same period was half of that of China, the white paper said.

Polymer synthesis and supramolecular compound are the two hottest fields for Chinese scientists in terms of patent applications.

The white paper, citing an expert interview, pointed out that catalysis technology and nanometer catalytic material will be the most prosperous fields for China. In addition, nanotechnology also enjoys a bright future, with wide application in energy and medical sectors.

Given its limited industrial influence, China must make more efforts to apply its research in the real world, the white paper noted.

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