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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13660-13689; doi:10.3390/su71013660

Exploring Promising Research Frontiers Based on Knowledge Maps in the Solar Cell Technology Field

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Dongguk University-Seoul, 30, Pildong-ro 1 gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-715, Korea
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Academic Editor: Andrew Kusiak
Received: 24 July 2015 / Revised: 19 September 2015 / Accepted: 1 October 2015 / Published: 9 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Given the challenging environmental issues in the energy sector, the importance of strategic research and development (R&D) planning has been emphasized to manage a turbulent business situation. This study aims to propose a methodology for exploring promising research frontiers in the energy sector. To this end, first, core documents are collected from scientific documents such as patents and academic papers. Second, the research frontiers are extracted by clustering the core documents based on the bibliographic relations. Third, a knowledge map is generated by mapping the relations between research frontiers. Finally, the promising research frontiers (RFs) are identified by conducting dynamic analyses and the contents of promising RFs are suggested. As an illustration of the method, the field of solar cell technology is chosen and analyzed As a result, the promising research frontiers from the patent knowledge map are related to development (D) themes and promising research frontiers from scientific paper knowledge map are related to the research (R) themes. The proposed method and results can be utilized by researchers, R&D policy makers, and administrations in practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: bibliographic analysis; patent map; research frontier; solar cell technology bibliographic analysis; patent map; research frontier; solar cell technology

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Park, I.; Lee, K.; Yoon, B. Exploring Promising Research Frontiers Based on Knowledge Maps in the Solar Cell Technology Field. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13660-13689.

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