Team Graphenea

Jesus De la Fuente

CEO Graphenea

Jesus de la Fuente founded Graphenea in 2010 and is the company CEO. Before founding Graphenea, Mr. de la Fuente was Manager in Arthur Andersen, Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers in the advisory professional services and Managing Director in an industrial materials distribution private company. He holds an Engineering B.S. cum laude from Deusto University and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.

Amaia Zurutuza

Scientific Director

Amaia Zurutuza obtained her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK) in 2002. During her PhD she worked in the research of novel polymers for biomedical applications. After completing her PhD she did two post-doctoral fellowships working within two European projects in the field of molecularly imprinted polymers. At the beginning of 2004, she joined Controlled Therapeutics Scotland Ltd. (UK) where she was a Senior Polymer Scientist working in the R&D of new controlled drug delivery systems. Her research contribution in Controlled Therapeutics lead to the publication of 3 patents in novel biodegradable and biostable polymers for controlling drug delivery. In April 2010 she joined Graphenea as the Scientific Director.


Iñigo Charola

Business Development Director

Iñigo Charola joined Graphenea as Business Development Director in September 2013. He has an extensive experience in industrial related products at marketing and sales positions. 15 years ago he started his career at ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in security products, then as Sales and Marketing Director at an industrial processes private company. Before joining Graphenea he is been working in the Electronic Manufacturing Services industry as a Sales Director. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Wales, a Master in Marketing and Sales Management from ESIC Business & Marketing School and an Executive MBA from Deusto Business School.

Tomás Palacios

Scientific Advisor

Prof. Palacios studied Telecommunication Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and received his PhD from the University of California – Santa Barbara in 2006. He leads the Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices Group at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories of MIT. Prof. Palacios has been leading the development of new applications for graphene-based materials. In 2010, he founded the MIT Center for Graphene Devices and Systems, with the goal to coordinate the graphene work at MIT. He is also the co-founder of the IEEE MTT Nanotechnology Committee and the MTT Distinguished Microwave Lecturer on graphene nanotechnology.

Manish Chhowalla

Scientific Advisor

Manish is a Professor and the Donald H Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University (NJ, USA). He is also the Director of the Nanotechnology for Clean Energy Program at Rutgers. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1998. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Imperial. He has won the US National Science Foundation’s Early CAREER Award. His research interests are in large area electronics from solution processable materials.

Luis Hueso

Scientific Advisor

Luis Hueso received a PhD in Physics for the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2002. He moved to the University of Cambridge (UK) as a Marie Curie Fellow. In 2007, Luis Hueso obtained a permanent teaching and research position at the University of Leeds (UK). Since late 2008 he is an Ikerbasque Research Professor and leader of the Nanodevices group at CIC nanoGUNE. Luis Hueso has published more than 50 article along his research career, some of them is journals as prestigious as Nature, Nature Physics or Nature Materials.

Alexander A. Balandin

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Alexander A. Balandin is the University of California Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center at the University of California – Riverside. He received his diploma Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA in 1997. Professor Balandin is recognized for his pioneering work on phononics and phonon engineering, and for the discovery of unique heat conduction properties of graphene.

Jeehwan Kim

Scientific Advisor

Since 2015 Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kim was a research staff member at IBM for eight years prior to that. At MIT he was engaged in growth of thin films, including graphene, and their various applications in optoelectronics. In the graphene community, he is most famous for his growth and transfer of GaN films on graphene for LED applications and first demonstration of wafer-scale single-crystalline graphene. Kim received IBM’s “Master Inventor” award in 2012. He was awarded 40 times in total at IBM for his inventions and patents.

Beatriz Alonso

Aitor Lacambra

Alba Centeno

Marta Fernández

Iker García

Mireia García

Idoia Garmendia

Ilargi Napal

Amaya Ortega

Amaia Pesquera

Iker Fernández

Amaia Rebollo

Xabier Ulacia

Aiora Urien

Mikel Arocena

Tom Fedolak

Arantxa Maestre

Oihana Txoperena