Category Archives: Research profiling

Technological prospection of second generation ethanol production processes: an overview through the analysis of patent applications (full-text)

Ethanol produced from lignocellulosic biomass of composition is not a new concept. However, the increase in the population and industrial activity in the world, the energy demand and environmental impacts brought to light the need for new energy sources. At the beginning of this new millennium, ethanol and biomass gained notoriety as sources that could sustainably complement the energy matrix and also to mitigate the impacts of fossil energy sources. There are different ways to produce ethanol from biomass, but the most studied technologies are those made through biotechnological routes. In view of the investments on development made over the years, this article aims at analyzing the generation of technologies in the main links of the second generation ethanol production chain through patent applications in order to identify trends that will guide the industry of this biofuel.

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Author(s): Luiz André F. Silva Schlittler, Adelaide Maria de Souza Antunes, Nei Pereira Junior
Organization(s): Faculdade SENAI CETIQT, Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Source: Revista GEINTEC
Year: 2018

Trends on rapid detection technology of food microorganisms based on web of science database (full-text)

Rapid detection technology of food microorganisms is more and more a hot research topic in the field of agricultural, food safety and environmental sciences. In order to understand the current status of world-wide research on rapid detection technology of food microorganisms, research literature during the period of 1925-2018 was retrieved from the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database and analyzed using bibliometrics. Results showed that rapid microbial detection has entered the rapid growth phase after its forming phase and the initial phase. America enjoys absolute advantages in this field. China, Germany and Spain are also countries with relatively strong competitiveness. CSIC has the largest number of relevant published papers, while the papers from CNRS and INRA are the most influential ones. International Journal of Food Microbiology is the core journal that published the largest number of relevant papers, while Biosensors & Bioelectronics is the most influential relevant journal. Food Science and Technology is the subject of the most importance in this field. Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology and Microbiology are also significantly relevant. Researches in this field focus the most on relevant technologies on Molecular Biology, second on the technologies on Immune method and biosensors rank second, and the least on the technologies on metabolic methods. Sustainability has been seen in a part of the hot research topics, and new hot topics have also emerged. These results provide important insights to the development of rapid detection technology of food microorganisms in our country.

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Author(s): Xiaojing Zhang, L Y Zhou, H G Zheng
Organization(s): Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Source: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Year: 2018


The objective of this article is to record the trends of study regarding the relationships between resources and capabilities, according to the Resourced Based View of the Firm. This document presents a review of the literature in its definitions and typologies from 1984 to 2016, followed by a bibliometric analysis of the investigations that evaluate relationships between resources and capabilities in themselves, during the period 2001-2016. For this analysis, we used records of the Web of Science, and subsequently processed them using VantagePoint®. The bibliometric analysis includes 5 indicators: annual productivity, productivity by countries, most influential authors, most productive magazines and most cited articles. A general low productivity was identified, being 2010 the year with the largest number of articles written and published. United States is the country with the highest academic activity related to the topic. The most cited articles were published in 2003 and the most productive authors have 3 publications each. Thus, important academic gaps are evident in this topic. Likewise, in the literature, no bibliometric reviews were found about the impact that certain resources can have on the development of entrepreneurial capabilities, which is why study paths related to this particular topic are suggested.

Author(s): Mileidy Alvarez-Melgarejo, Martha Torres-Barreto
Organization(s): Universidad de Investigación y Desarrollo, Universidad Industrial de Santander
Source: EconPapers
Year: 2018

Analysis of publications in ISI and Scopus about Energy Policies in Wind Energy (full-text)

The energy planning of the countries has taken relevance for the governments, they must guarantee a stable supply avoiding the emissions of greenhouse gases. Therefore, the development of public policies that allow investment in clean energy has become a topic of discussion among the scientific community. To contribute to the analysis of this issue, this paper shows the status of WoS and Scopus publications on energy and wind power policies. A bibliometric analysis is carried out with 121 WoS documents and 225 Scopus documents between 1992 and 2017. The number of publications, journals, issues and authors with the greatest impact are analyzed and it conclude that policy issues are divided between acceptance public of technology and penetration costs.

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Author(s): Natalia M. Acevedo-Prins, Luis M. Jiménez-Gómez, Miguel D. Rojas-Lopez
Organization(s): Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Source: International Journal of Applied Engineering Research
Year: 2018

Laser Additive Manufacturing: A Patent Overview

Additive manufacturing technologies have the potential to change the paradigm of manufacturing. In this scenario, the main objective of this research work is to gain, through a patent study, an overall view of the trends of laser-based additive manufacturing technologies. The database used in order to retrieve patent information is Patseer and the data have been analyzed through the text mining and analytics package called VantagePoint. From the data obtained it can be concluded that, Laser-based additive manufacturing is an emerging technology with huge market potential. Undoubtedly, China is the prime mover of basic research in this technology development. However, Germany and the United States are the ones who are developing the market applications.


Author(s): Enara Zarrabeitia, Iñaki Bildosola, Rosa María Río Belver, Izaskun Alvarez, Ernesto Cilleruelo-Carrasco
Organization(s): University of the Basque Country
Source: Engineering Digital Transformation. Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering. Springer, Cham
Year: 2018

Additive Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis

The additive manufacturing studies has been increased in the last years, positioning in the scientific community. This paper analyze the literature about the relation between Additive Manufacturing and Supply Chain, with the final purpose of giving an exhaustive vision and to present and initial parameter in future researches. Using a bibliometric analysis 497 published articles in the last 25 years were evaluated, 78 articles of which were selected that are related in the AM and SC topic, identifying the publishing tendency, the principles authors and the impact of the articles and the magazines. Also, there are knowledge networks and geographic location of the most influential countries.


Author(s): Jairo Nuñez, Ángel Ortiz, Manuel Arturo Jiménez Ramírez,Jairo Alexander González Bueno, Marianela Luzardo Briceño
Organization(s): Pontificia Bolivariana University
Source: Engineering Digital Transformation. Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering. Springer, Cham
Year: 2018

Assessing manufacturing strategy definitions utilising text-mining

The variations in Manufacturing Strategy (MS) definitions create confusion and lead to lack of shared understanding between academic researchers and practitioners on its scope. The purpose of this study is to provide an empirical analysis of the paradox in the difference between academic and industry definitions of MS. Natural Language Processing (NLP) based text mining is used to extract primary elements from the various academic, and industry definitions of MS. Co-word and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) provide empirical support for the grouping into nine primary elements. We posit from the terms evolution analysis that there is a stasis currently faced in academic literature towards MS definition while the industry with its emphasis on ‘context’ has been dynamic. We believe that the proposed approach and results of the present empirical analysis can contribute to overcoming the current challenges to MS design and deployment – imprecise definition leading to its inadequate operationalisation.

Author(s): Sourabh Kulkarni, Priyanka Verma, R. Mukundan
Organization(s): National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Source: International Journal of Production Research
Year: 2018


Exploration of people centric organizational health dimensions: a study of Indian R&D organization

The purpose of this paper is to identify the dimensions of organizational health with the help of existing literature and focus group discussion on organizational health. The study also tries to categorize various antecedents and consequences of organizational health.

Literature review was conducted with limited search word on organizational health using databases like Emerald, Ebsco and Science direct. Focus group discussions were performed at Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute and National Metallurgical Laboratory – laboratories of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, an Indian R&D organization. A total of 29 male and 6 female respondents participated in the focus group discussion.

The results showed that various dimensions of organizational health which were found using focus group discussions were in congruence with the literature reviewed on organizational health. The findings of focus group discussion also listed the antecedents and consequences of organizational health in an R&D organization.

The literature presented conflicting views on organizational health construct. The focus group discussion provided clarity on the dimensions of organizational health. An empirical research can be done on organizational health considering dimensions identified during the focus group discussion.

Author(s): Anupama Singh, Sumi Jha
Organization(s): National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Source: Industrial and Commercial Training
Year: 2018

Identify Potential Opportunity for Research Collaboration Using Bibliometrics

In recent decades, there has been a notable shift toward R&D that crosses disciplines and organizational boundaries. One reason is because of the complexity and scope of the problems that society is currently facing (e.g., global warming, emerging infectious diseases, and loss of natural resources). These problems require innovative solutions that integrate knowledge from different disciplines. The concept of networking R&D is therefore increasingly important. However, the main challenge in initiating any cross discipline development is how to identify the potential groups of experts for collaboration and which areas of expertise they specialize in. One common expert identification method is based on social connections, i.e., ask people and follow referrals until finding someone with appropriate expertise. However, this could be a time-consuming and biased task. Fortunately with the availability and accessibility of research literature and the advancement in information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning, potential experts can be identified automatically from such information sources.

This study aims to apply bibliometric analysis of research publications to discover potential research collaboration among key researchers. To address this challenge, two research questions are needed to be answered: (1) who are the key researchers/practitioners in the specified field? and (2) are there any forms of collaboration or linkages among these experts in the field?

The analysis can identify experts whose relationships have already been established as well as for those who never know each other, yet seem to share similar research interests. The latter case can be considered as a hidden network in which the collaboration among those experts can also be initiated.

Author(s): Nathasit Gerdsri, Alisa Kongthon
Organization(s): National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Mahidol University
Source: International Journal of Business
Year: 2018


Mathematical models are relevant to indicate the optimal location of facilities and, consequently, help in the search for efficiency in the supply chain. Although facility location problems are consolidated in the Operational Research field, few publications are dedicated to investigate the profile of the academic production (the amount of paper published), aiming to direct new studies on the subject and propose models that solve the current challenges. Thus, this paper aims to present a scientometric analysis of the articles on facility location published in the Web of Science, in order to verify the profile of Brazilian scientific production. As result, approximately 2% of the papers have researchers affiliated to Brazilian institutions. The interest for the subject is recent, with emphasis on universities. Brazil maintains an intense international collaboration network, cooperating with 45 different countries, especially USA. Finally, there is opportunity for publications that include the environmental dimention to mathematical models and for expansion in company-university-government collaboration.

Author(s): Vanessa de Almeida Guimarães, Glaydston Mattos Ribeiro, Maxwel de Azevedo-Ferreira
Organization(s): Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca – CEFET/RJ, Programa de Engenharia de Transportes – COPPE/UFRJ
Source: Pesquisa Operacional
Year: 2018