The Team

Solar Sails



Santiago Cartamil-Bueno

Santiago Cartamil-Bueno is a PhD candidate at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He graduated in physics from University of Granada, Spain and spent time at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark under the  Erasmus Programme. He also studied electronic engineering at University of Granada and University of California San Diego, USA. After his master’s in nanotechnology and materials sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, he did a short stay at Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland. He likes challenges and technology. As the project leader of the GrapheneX project, he is responsible for finding sponsors, purchasing components, obtaining graphene light sails and testing the optics and lasers.

​Rocco Gaudenzi

Rocco Gaudenzi is a PhD candidate in Physics at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and his master’s degree at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, both in physics. During his studies, he mixed theoretical, experimental and engineering subjects with an internship on fuel cells at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, furthering his passion for physics, philosophy and technology-for-sustainability. In the GrapheneX team, he is involved in the general management of the project and in the realisation of the delicate release mechanism that allows the graphene sails to take off flawlessly.

​Vera Janssen

Vera Janssen is a PhD candidate in experimental physics at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft, the Netherlands. She graduated from Leiden University, the Netherlands with a master’s in experimental physics. Her research focusses on transport through monolayers of semi-conductor nanocrystals, self-assembled in a specific geometry: square or honeycomb. Recently she started a project on imaging layered van der Waals materials in a low energy electron microscope, in collaboration with Leiden University. In the GrapheneX project she focusses on media and outreach and on the experiments concerning electron ejection from the graphene under irradiation.

​Davide Stefani

Davide Stefani is a PhD candidate in Physics at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He did his studies at University of Padova, Italy, but worked on his master’s thesis at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain under the Erasmus program. He is studying the mechanism of charge transport through single organic molecules. In his free time, he likes to go rock climbing, hiking and skiing. He also greatly enjoys videogames and traveling. He joined the GrapheneX team to explore the possibility of using graphene for space exploration, and is involved in managing the project and setting the vacuum chamber.


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