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Development highlights of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region and pathways for initiatives to support and network

Development highlights of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region and pathways for initiatives... Abstract Current developments in the field of micro-nano technologies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are highlighted. Firstly, the scientific outcome of micro-nano technologies from the MENA region is analyzed. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the leading countries, with >50% of the total MENA publications. More than 50% were joint publications with France and the United States as the major partners. Secondly, different kinds of existing initiatives to develop and support micro-nano technologies in the MENA region are presented. The working principle of current respective initiatives is demonstrated. Despite the importance of these initiatives, they are fragmented and lack a regional framework and a common goal. Thirdly, therefore, a recommendation is suggested to create a platform and a road map for boosting the development of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Green Processing and Synthesis de Gruyter

Development highlights of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region and pathways for initiatives to support and network

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by the
ISSN
2191-9542
eISSN
2191-9550
DOI
10.1515/gps-2013-0012
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Abstract

Abstract Current developments in the field of micro-nano technologies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are highlighted. Firstly, the scientific outcome of micro-nano technologies from the MENA region is analyzed. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are the leading countries, with >50% of the total MENA publications. More than 50% were joint publications with France and the United States as the major partners. Secondly, different kinds of existing initiatives to develop and support micro-nano technologies in the MENA region are presented. The working principle of current respective initiatives is demonstrated. Despite the importance of these initiatives, they are fragmented and lack a regional framework and a common goal. Thirdly, therefore, a recommendation is suggested to create a platform and a road map for boosting the development of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region.

Journal

Green Processing and Synthesisde Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2013

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