More work urged on nan­otech ap­pli­ca­tions

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China’s nan­otech­nol­ogy field is de­vel­op­ing at an un­prece­dented pace, but it still needs a boost in turning re­search into the re­al­ity of pro­duc­ing ground­break­ing works, China’s top sci­en­tists say. In 2016, Chi­nese sci­en­tists pro­duced about 33 per­cent of the world’s to­tal sci­ence pa­pers on nan­otech­nol­ogy, a five­fold in­crease since 1997, ac­cord­ing to a col­lab­o­rated white pa­per pub­lished by the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences, China’s Na­tional Cen­ter for Nanoscience and Tech­nol­ogy and Springer Na­ture, an in­ter­na­tional sci­ence jour­nal pub­lisher. China also has be­come the world’s largest nano-re­lated patent con­trib­u­tor since 2008, with 209,344 patent ap­pli­ca­tions over the past two decades. This is twice as many as that of the United States, the sec­ond-largest con­trib­u­tor, the white pa­per said. How­ever, China still needs to put in more ef­fort and in­vest­ment to turn nan­otech­nol­ogy re­search into ac­tual ap­pli­ca­tions, says Bai Chunli, pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences.

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