Graphene Flagship: Tell us about your early work in the Graphene Flagship?
The first time that I worked with graphene was when I started my PhD in Chemistry in 2014, at the University of Bologna. I quickly realised the value of graphene and its potential as an enabler for breakthrough technologies in multiple sectors from biomedicine to electronics.
The work that I carried out during my PhD opened doors for me to become an Academic Delegate for the University of Bologna within the Graphene Flagship project. This allowed me to connect with the highest-level research centres and also to get in contact with big companies across various industry sectors such as Nokia, ABB and Ericsson.
As the only female researcher for the University of Bologna with a Graphene Flagship responsibility, I also became a representative within the Women in Graphene project which addresses gender equity issues in European research environments.
Graphene Flagship: When did you join Tetra Pak and what was your role?
I joined Tetra Pak in 2018 as part of the Future Talent program after my PhD in graphene technology. From the great experience I had with the collaboration in the Graphene Flagship as a facilitator in the development and industrialisation of graphene as soon as I joined Tetra Pak, I was pleased to be presented with the opportunity to once again explore the potential applications of graphene.
My responsibility now is to lead opportunities scouting for packaging material and equipment. Day to day, this includes lab testing, production of prototypes, internal discussion with engineers and, of course, exploring graphene applications, building knowledge networks and forums, both across the company and externally as well.
Overall, one of the most important aspects of my work is exploring the potential of new materials with regard to the food industry and how it can help to advance food safety and quality for the food and beverage it contains.
The Graphene Flagship is a very good starting point for exploring these breakthrough innovations that we expect from graphene.
Graphene Flagship: What can you tell us about the upcoming collaboration between Tetra Pak and the Graphene Flagship?
We are organising a big Marketplace event at the end of October to celebrate our partnership with the Graphene Flagship. Stay tuned and follow the development of this celebration so you don't miss out on the details of this partnership.
Learn more about Marketplace Tetra Pak, to be held 27-29 October 2019 in Modena, Italy. A public lecture will be held on Sunday, 27 October and a public exhibition showcasing graphene products and prototypes will be held Monday, 28 October.