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At a long-awaited turning point

Research in nanotechnology in India is on an upswing given the substantial investments in the past two decades. Making an impact globally will now require investing in education, entrepreneurship, translational science, infrastructure for manufacturing, and changing the administrative mindset.

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Figure 1: Nanotechnology in numbers.
Figure 2: Research output in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Figure 3: Indian nanoscience and nanotechnology in scientific literature.
Figure 4: Promising example of commercialized nanotechnology.




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We thank P. Asthana, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, S. V. Joshi, International Advanced research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (International Advanced Research Center), and T. Pradeep, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, for their valuable input during the preparation of this article.

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Ghosh, A., Krishnan, Y. At a long-awaited turning point. Nature Nanotech 9, 491–494 (2014).

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