Welcome to Luciano Kay's website.

I am a research professional and policy analyst in economic development, science and tech, and innovation policy topics. I hold a Research Associate position with the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, University of California Santa Barbara (ISBER-UCSB). I am based in Santa Barbara, California.

Mapping Graphene Science and Development
Our recent work on global maps / patent map overlays and the science maps by Rafols, Porter and Leydesdorff (2010) are applied to investigate Graphene R&D. Read more about patent maps here.

This visualization is part of: Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Samuel Mills. Source: http://scimaps.org


My research focuses on nanotechnology research and commercialization, inducement prizes and other innovation incentives and other science, technology and innovation issues. I investigate these topics from the policy and corporate strategy perspectives, using diverse methods such as bibliometric and patent analysis and case studies. Read more about my research.

Innovation prizes

My book "Technological Innovation and Prize Incentives. The Google Lunar X Prize and Other Aerospace Competitions" presents the results of an empirical investigation on the effect of prizes on technological innovation in three recent aerospace grand challenges. Read this article for more information on this book. New: download first chapter from the publisher's website.


"Will China's quest for indigenous innovation succeed? Some lessons from nanotechnology." with Richard Appelbaum, Xueying Han, Matthew Gebbie, and Galen Stocking [link]

"Mapping graphene science and development: Focused research with multiple application areas." with Alan Porter, Jan Youtie, Ismael Rafols, and Nils Newman [link]

Check out the full list of publications here.


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Quick links to my affiliations:

Center for Nanotechnology in Society, University of California Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB)

The Georgia Tech Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Georgia Tech (STIP).