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Business developers


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Our business developers

The Graphene Flagship's Innovation Work Package has hired business developers to help bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace. Each business developer serves a specific graphene application area and helps to identify industry needs and how graphene and related materials can address them. 

"The business developers are the key players in creating the network connecting our research efforts to industry. Their tasks range from scouting the recipients for our technologies to being messengers from industry when it comes to industry trends, needs and roadmaps. They arrange workshops and help teams to create business models."

Kari Hjelt
Graphene Flagship Head of Innovation

​Graphene Flagship business developers

Henrik Sandberg


Henrik Sandberg is the business developer for flexible and wearable applications for the Graphene Flagship. Sandberg is a principal scientist at the centre for Printable and Hybrid Functionalities at VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland. His work is currently focussed on printed electronic devices and circuits, polymer device physics, printing technology and printing ink formulation as well as heterogeneous and monolithic integration for flexible electronics. Sandberg specializes in device and circuit development as well as the development of analog printing compatible processing techniques from the lab to the R2R pilot scale and on related ink development.

Click on the picture above to email Henrik Sandberg:
henrik.sandberg [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Lilei Ye


Based at Chalmers Industriteknik, Lilei Ye is the business developer for electronics applications for the Graphene Flagship. Ye has more than 10 years of experience on carbon-based materials development on electronics. She has been involved in technical project management interfacing between academia and industry with business development, product development and technology transfer.

Click on the picture above to email Lilei Ye:
lilei.ye [at] chalmersindustriteknik.se

Ali Shaygan Nia


Based at Technische Universität Dresden — TU Dresden, Ali Shaygan Nia is a business developer for graphene-based coatings and composites for environmental applications such as air/water purification and anticorrosion coatings. Shaygan Nia has a PhD in polymer chemistry and more than six years experience developing graphene and 2D materials for composites and coatings. He also has experience on graphene-based product development and commercialisation by acting as application engineer at the Graphene Flagship's spin-off Sixonia Tech.

Click on the picture above to email Ali Shaygan Nia:
ali.shaygan_nia [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Cinzia Spinato


Based at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – ICN2, Cinzia Spinato is the business developer for biomedical applications for the Graphene Flagship. Spinato has an academic R&D background in carbon nanomaterials for biomedical applications and experience in knowledge and technology transfer and market assessment, especially in the domain of life science and biotechnology.

Click on the picture above to email Cinzia Spinato:
cinzia.spinato [at] graphene-flagship.eu

Fabrizio Tubertini


Fabrizio Tubertini is the business developer for energy applications (batteries, supercaps, solar, etc.) for the Graphene Flagship. Tubertini is a senior innovation specialist for IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) Technology Transfer with 30 years of experience in the finance industry. He has a special focus on true innovation (2D materials, humanoid robotics, AI, fintech) startups and spinoffs.

Click on the picture above to email Fabrizio Tubertini:
fabrizio.tubertini [at] iit.it

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Education and Training Platform

The Graphene Flagship is committed to supporting new innovations in graphene and layered materials, and we are hopeful that our Innovation Education and Training Platform will help talented Graphene Flagship researchers get their products out of the lab and onto the market.

Learn about our programmes and courses