Incentives for the Iranian Chemical Boom: A Strategic Motivation or Appleied Needs?
2014 (English)In: Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), ISSN 1949-3606, Vol. 23, no 1, 15-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Iran's scientific impact has suffered hard from decades of imposed and self-elected isolation from Western influences and international collaboration. Lately, however, the world has witnessed a remarkable increase in scientific publications from Iranian scientists in fields like nanotechnology; material science; and, perhaps most pronounced, chemistry. In this article, the factors behind this “publication boom” are discussed and examined together with an analysis of the coherence between the country's long-term research strategies and short-term needs in relation to present organic chemical research conducted at various Iranian universities and institutes. Organic chemistry is a keystone in important Iranian industrial sectors like the petroleum and agricultural industries, and also in the growing field of life science and pharmacology. The development of the petroleum industry and further refinement of raw oil into value-added fine chemicals holds a key position in the reinforcement of the Iranian economy and labor market, thus motivating a governmental investment in chemical science and research. Taking an approach to find a reasonable balance with the impact from Western and Far Eastern scientific communities, Iran's own scientific roots and Islamic ideology could well be the success factor in becoming a worthy player on the international scientific arena.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 23, no 1, 15-36 p.
Engineering and Technology Natural Sciences
Research subject Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230194DOI: 10.1111/dome.12044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230194DiVA: diva2:739106
ProjectsIran, Chemical boom, Science production, Research strategies