The Team

Satellite Heat Pipes​

​Lucia Lombardi

Lucia Lombardi received her Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and her Master’s degree in 2013, both in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology, from Politecnico di Milano. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree at University of Cambridge, working in Cambridge Graphene Centre. Her main work focuses on formulation and characterization of graphene and related materials based inks for flexible printed electronics as well as on the development of novel 2D materials based composites. Lucia has been a member of Pembroke College since 2014, and enjoys organising intercultural events for college members.

​Vanja Mišković

Vanja Mišković is a PhD candidate at the Microgravity Research Centre at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She studied materials engineering at the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad, Serbia and successfully finished her studies with a master’s of science in 2016. She has also worked in LafargeHolcim, Beočin, Serbia as a process engineer. Vanja chose to persue her PhD studies because of her passion for research. She shares a special interest in using and developing innovative materials for space application. Vanja especially enjoys meeting new people, sharing ideas and experiences.

​Fabio Iermano

Fabio Iermano is a Master student in chemical engineering at Università degli Studi di Napoli, Federico II, Italy. He is currently on a research visit at the Microgravity Research Center (MRC), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. After spending seven months at the MRC working on the extraction of high value molecules from green microalgae, he is now working again at the same facility, participating in the Graphene Flagship parabolic flight project. Thanks to his experiences at the MRC and his prior research background, he really enjoys learning and working on biotechnology applications, microfluidic and especially aerospace applications. He hopes to continue to work in this field, since it is a great way to learn and meet new people from around the world.

​Meganne Christian

​Meganne Christian is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems at CNR in Bologna, Italy. Her research activity is in the CVD synthesis, processing and functionalisation of graphene and 3D graphene-based materials; integration of graphene in applications such as solar cells, batteries, sensors and fuel cells; and the analysis of graphene nanocomposites using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). She was awarded her PhD in industrial chemistry in 2014 from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she held the UNSW Research Excellence Award. In 2012, she received the National Postgraduate Student Energy Award from the Australian Institute of Energy.

​Yarjan Samad

Yarjan Samad is a research associate at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, UK. His research areas include electromechanical and electro and photo-thermal properties of carbon and two-dimensional materials, as well as flexible and stretchable composites for aerospace, health, environment and energy applications. Yarjan has developed sustainable methods of creating e-textiles and flexible and stretchable conductors and composites based on porous 3D structures of layered materials – typically graphene – that are useful for aerospace composites, biosensing, water purification and energy storage. He has worked with people from diverse educational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in many parts of the world.

​Carlo Iorio

Carlo Iorio is the Coordinator of the Graphene Flagship microgravity research project on heat pipes for satellites. He is a senior researcher at the Microgravity Research Centre of the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium where he was awarded with a PhD in applied sciences, working on interfacial instabilities in evaporating fluids. Today, his scientific interests are in micro and nano-fluidics, self-assembly and non-linear phenomena. He enjoys building working networks with many different people. For several years, Carlo has been contributing to projects developing low-cost scientific instruments from recycled materials, delivering workshops for teaching and research in countries in Africa and South America. 

​​Andrea Ferrari

Andrea C. Ferrari is Professor of Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology. He is the Science and Technology Officer and Chair of the Management Panel of the Graphene Flagship. Andrea is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society, and has received numerous awards, including the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation, the Marie Curie Excellence Award, The EU-40 Materials Prize. He is recipient of three European Research Council grants.

Vincenzo Palermo

​Vincenzo Palermo is research professor at the university of Chalmers in Göteborg, Sweden and research director of CNR at ISOF institute in Bologna, Italy. He is currently the vice-director of the Graphene Flagship project, and was previously leader of the Flagship Work Package Polymer Composites. In his work he uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials for mechanical, electronics and energy applications. In particular, he works on the production of carbon-based composite materials and on the characterization of their structure and charge transport at the nanoscale. In 2012, he won the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) and in 2013 the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI).

​Marco Molina

Marco Molina is Chief Technical Officer of the Space Line of Business in Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division. After obtaining a PhD in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy he has worked in the space industry for 20 years, participating in sending more than ten satellites or instruments to space, including scientific satellites, microgravity experiments and the largest payload on the International Space Station, AMS-02. His key research interests are thermal management in satellite and instruments, Earth observation satellites and compact microelectronics for space RADAR. He has worked within the Graphene Flagship since 2014, with a project for improving thermal control of instruments and satellites by means of graphene-enhanced capillary pumping in loop heat pipes.

​Christophe Minetti

Christophe Minetti is a Senior Researcher in the Microgravity Research Center at the Univeristé Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He graduated with a PhD in Physics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, studying pattern recognition by correlation and its applications to artificial intelligence. Since then, he has worked on image processing and software developing, specialising in digital holography and its implementation on bio-medical and bio-mimetic applications in micro-gravity. He really enjoys working in the scientific research domain, having direct contact with motivated students, presenting his research in international conferences and having the unique opportunity to work with the European Space Agency.

​Patrick Queeckers

Patrick Queeckers is a senior researcher at the Microgravity Research Centre, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, where he has worked for 29 years. He is the technical coordinator for the Graphene Flagship parabolic flight campaign His main research areas are in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He also participated in the development of new optical diagnostics. He was involved in many experiments performed in space during Space Shuttle missions, satellites missions, ISS missions, sounding rockets, drop tower campaigns and parabolic flight campaigns. He enjoys participating in space experiments that require collaboration with international scientific and industrial teams, and succeeding in the challenges of space experiments.

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