Turning new ideas into real materials and technologies, however, can be tricky. Relying on trial and error or luck isn’t good enough. And it can be an expensive business trying out many different material options. Now a three-year project funded by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 programme, called CO-PILOT, promises to help.
Aike Wypkema and Maurice Mourad of TNO in the Netherlands, who coordinated the project, explain how CO-PILOT will help to turn researchers’ ideas into real materials for real-world applications.