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

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Al-Rawashdeh, M.I.M., Alfeeli, B., Rawashdeh, A.M. & Hessel, V. (2013). Development highlights of micro-nano technologies in the MENA region and pathways for initiatives to support and network. Green Processing and Synthesis, 2(2), 91-100. In Scopus Cited 0 times.

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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.