Graphenest Team


Vitor Abrantes

Founder & CEO

Vitor has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in Mechanical and Product Development.
Vitor has worked towards a new method for the production of graphene and has received several awards for his entrepreneurial spirit and technological innovations.
The operational solutions implemented to date by Vitor have already saved over € 350K in industrial costs, being more than one-third at Graphenest.

Bruno Figueiredo

Co-Founder & CSO

Bruno has a PhD in chemical engineering which gave him high expertise and ability to solve any problem related with chemical reactions and separation processes. Bruno’s main interests are related with the synthesis and characterization of known and novel materials. He possesses a strong aptitude to work with engineering software and laboratory teams.

Rui Silva

Co-Founder & CTO

Rui has a Masters degree in chemical engineering and professional experience as a shift manager and quality/product manager. He has been responsible for a multitude of tasks that ranged from industrial maintenance and laboratory management to internal/external audits. Rui is proficient in developing work in a chemical/metrological laboratory and can also perform R&D with ease in various chemical process areas.

Recognitions & Awards


Graphenest will represent Portugal at the Web Summit 2016.

It’s already known the startups that will represent Portugal at the Web Summit 2016. Among the 170 candidates, only 66 young companies can show the world the best, most innovative and enterprising that is made in Portugal. The Conference takes place from 7 to 10 November in Lisbon.

Graphenest was awarded with a “Seal of Excellence” from the European Commission.

Graphenest proudly and honorably shows its “Seal of Excellence”, a certificate delivered by the European Commission as the institution managing Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020.

Graphenest among the 10 Portuguese Startups to Watch in 2016

It is no secret the Portuguese startup scene is developing a unique identity and competing in the international arena more than ever. But even if we are always aware of what’s happening, we can’t foresee the future. That’s why we asked for help to understand which startups will be making headlines in 2016.
As a result, commentators suggest promising companies such as Tradiio, Graphenest, and Sword Health should have little trouble finding the funds to scale up their operations.
“I have not seen a great company falter because of lack of funding. There are angles, there are VCs, not many, but with fairly deep pockets,” Caixa Capital’s executive board member Stephan Morais says.

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