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Emerging technology and distributed innovation in solar cell technology: a study of topical islands,citation networks and the path most travelled
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The methodology development in this the study contributes with an interesting new empirical settingfor using citation network analysis applied to solar cell technology that challenged prevailing regimeof understanding „how you make‟ solar cells. The preliminary results points to the usefulness ofcombining main path analysis with analysis of the topical islands of the citation network. Thecomplexity of the field of dye-sensitized solar cells itself can contribute to that new areas of inquirycan be shown, such as the example of the “organic dyes” discussed in the paper. Combiningquantitative data with a storyline of key events aims to provide a richer story of the history ofscientific discovery of nanostructured solar cell technology building on skills and knowledge that spandisciplinary boundaries. This particular type of solar cells is in the crossroads of chemistry, physicsand material sciences and can thereby also provide further insight into the dynamics ofinterdisciplinary technology.

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solar cell technology, innovation
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-67309OAI: diva2:484821
DIME, Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe, European framework programme. Maastricht. 6-8 April 2011
STINT Institutional Grant for Younger Researchers: International R&D networks
QC 20120416Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2012-04-16Bibliographically approved

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