Publication Date

12-7-2018

Department

Ames Laboratory; Materials Science and Engineering

Campus Units

Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory

OSTI ID+

1556925

Report Number

IS-J 9985

DOI

10.1007/s11837-018-3291-4

Journal Title

JOM: Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

Volume Number

71

Issue Number

1

First Page

10

Last Page

13

Abstract

The Challenge

According to popular wisdom, it takes 20 years or more to commercialize a material after its discovery in the lab, and this is used to justify all sorts of research efforts to speed up the process. The twenty-year rule was probably first introduced by Tom Eagar, in a paper in MIT’s Technology Review [1] that cites nine examples of 20-year gaps between discovery and commercialization, over a time period from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Others have added to the list.

DOE Contract Number(s)

AC02-07CH11358

Language

en

Publisher

Iowa State University Digital Repository, Ames IA (United States)

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