Welcome to Luciano Kay's website.

I am a research professional and policy analyst in topics related with economic development, science and technology and innovation policy. I hold a research position with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, University of California Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB). I am also associated with The Georgia Tech Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP). I am based in Santa Barbara, California.

How can we better visualize innovation pathways and technology development concentrations?
Our recent work on global patent maps and patent map overlays addresses this issue. Read more.

Source: Kay et al. (2014) / Wired UK


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. More about this in the projects section.

My new 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.


"Patent overlay mapping: Visualizing technological distance." with Nils Newman, Jan Youtie, Alan Porter, and Ismael Rafols [link]

"Acquiring nanotechnology capabilities: role of mergers and acquisitions." with Jan Youtie [link]

Check out the full list of publications here.


To contact me please use the contact page. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter, or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Quick links to my affiliations:

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

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