Nanotechnology Research and Innovation Assessment

Nanotechnology involves the understanding and manipulation of molecular-sized materials (with dimensions roughly under 100 nanometers) to create new products and processes with novel features due to nanoscale properties. In recent years, governments and companies around the world have made major investments in nanotechnology R&D. Nanotechnology is expected to become a key driver of new technology-oriented business and economic growth. Nanotechnology-enabled products are already being marketed, and many more nanotechnology products, processes, and devices will be commercialized in future years. We believe that it is important to track, analyze and understand trajectories of nanotechnology research and innovation as a contribution both to policies related to nanotechnology’s economic deployment and to the evidence base upon which other societal and risks assessments can draw.

The Nanotechnology Research and Innovation Systems Assessment Group at Georgia Tech comprises faculty, researchers and students associated with the Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) of the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Key Faculty and Senior Researchers

  • Philip Shapira, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Jan Youtie, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • Alan Porter, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and School of Industrial Systems and Engineering (Emeritus).
  • Juan Rogers,Georgia Tech School of Public Policy
  • Full listing of research group members and alumni

Project Publications and Outputs

Select here for project Publications | Nano mapping

Select here for a summary of our first 10 years of nanotechnology research, which was presented at the OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators (Blue Sky III), September 19-21, 2016 in Ghent, Belgium.


  • 2015-2020 National Science Foundation # 1542174 NNCI: Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC).
  • 2005-2016 National Science Foundation #0531194 and #0937591 NSEC: Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU). CNS-ASU is a multi-organizational center, led by Arizona State University and involving several other US universities, including Georgia Tech.

The opinions expressed here are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the NSF or any other institution.