Team


Vitor Abrantes
Founder & CEO


Vitor has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in Mechanical and Product Development.

Vitor has worked towards a new method for the production of graphene and has received several awards for his entrepreneurial spirit and technological innovations.

The operational solutions implemented to date by Vitor have already saved over € 350K in industrial costs, being more than one-third at Graphenest.

Bruno Figueiredo
Co-Founder, COO and Head of R&D


Bruno has a PhD in chemical engineering which gave him a high level of expertise and ability to solve any problem related to chemical reactions and separation processes.

Bruno’s main interests are related with the synthesis and characterization of known and novel materials. He possesses a strong aptitude to work with engineering software and laboratory teams.

Rui Silva
Co-Founder & CTO


Rui has a Masters degree in chemical engineering and professional experience as a shift manager and quality/product manager. He has been responsible for a multitude of tasks that ranged from industrial maintenance and laboratory management to internal/external audits.

Rui is proficient in developing work in a chemical/metrological laboratory and can also perform R&D with ease in various chemical process areas.

Adriana Bernardes
R&D Innovation


Adriana has a Masters degree in chemical engineering. Her dissertation was carried out at Graphenest which gave her increased know-how about graphene production and its characterization. Her knowledge in chemical processes also gives her the ability to develop new products and/or improve existing ones.

Other Members & Advisors


Nuno Almeida
Board Member


Manager of PV Engineering & Manufacturing unit

Nuno Gomes
Board Member


MSc Electronic Engineer & CEO of Exatronic

Elisabete Carruço
Statutory Auditor


Audit & Financial Analyzer

Bruno da Costa
Lead Designer


Product & Digital Design

Patented Technology Process


Graphenest’s production system is based on a top-down approach, typically named liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE), where graphite sourced from 14 different locations is exfoliated on an entirely green aqueous solution (organic solvent-water). The organic solvent (along with temperature control) weakens the Van der Walls bonds between the graphite’s carbon atoms, priming it for a physical/mechanical direct exfoliation. This process results in high-quality graphene nanoplatelets which can be produced in a variety of grades (from mono-layer to multi-layer) and forms (dispersions or powders).

Both method and device for the production of graphene nanoplatelets have been patented and their use can be extended to the production of other graphene-like materials.

See our Patent Process here

Partners


Awards


Henkel

Startup Certificate 2017. Awarded to startups that have a resolution of a problem for which the solution was not obvious


Acredita Portugal | 7th Edition

Awarded winner of Materials and Industry 2017


Forbes 30 under 30

Our CSO, Bruno Figueiredo, was nominated as part of the 30 Under 30 Europe Industry’s Class of 2017


Websummit 2016

Awarded with an invitation to be one of the 67 startups representing Portugal on the Web Summit 2016


Dow Portugal

Innovation Award in 2014


EDP Inovação

2nd place in 2014