The technological application for the promotion of sustainability




Nanotechnology, Waste Management, sustainable development


This study sought to relate the themes of nanotechnology and sustainability. The objective was to track and present the propensity of scientific production in relation to the theme of nanotechnology, as well as its relationship with waste management, to permeate around sustainable challenges. For this, a bibliometric survey was carried out in the years 2016 to 2020, with the aid of the VOSviewer software, carried out in the Science Direct, Scopus and Web of Science databases. Discussions took place about the main authors cited in each database, the most sought after themes, and the relationships between the themes within each database. Regarding authorship, it was not possible to identify specific authors, as this study was developed by the use of clusters containing authors who discussed similar themes within each database, who presented studies focused on nanotechnology. Regarding the themes, in the three bases, nanotechnology stood out, with the highest volume of publications in 2018 in the Web of Science base. As for authors, Neeraj Dilbaghi ​​and Ki-hyum stood out in Science Direct, in Scopus Ye Wang and in Web of Science it was A. Saleh and Ki-Hyun Kim. Related to waste, it was observed that recently in all bases the treatment of waste water is evidenced, and in the Scopus and Web of Science bases, nanotechnology is related to biodegradability. However, there are still gaps regarding nanotoxins to the environment and human health, as well as research that addresses the issues together

Author Biography

Myller Augusto Santos Gomes, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste

Professor no departamento de administração da Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste.


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