About us

The story of Carbon Waters

The origins of Carbon Waters lie in the story of one man. Alban Chesneau, who holds a PhD in life sciences and was formerly employed by one of Europe’s leading research institutes and a performance-through-innovation consultancy, is passionate about science and, above all, supporting technologically innovative ideas. This ambition is rooted in his biotechnology studies, which he perfected through a multi-disciplinary PhD (Biochemistry, Computer Science and Automation), which he began shortly after the first complete human genome was sequenced.

Having been involved in a variety of roles supporting technological projects at European level and for different business sectors (pharmaceuticals, chemicals, IT and agriculture), it was through his interactions with two CNRS researchers and a former entrepreneur that he founded Carbon Waters at the end of 2017.

My experience has introduced me to a wide range of technological innovations. In terms of impact, application and complexity, what Carbon Waters is achieving surpasses the vast majority of technologies developed in recent years, and all the more so in a very demanding energy and environmental context. Alban Chesneau CEO and co-founder of Carbon Waters

The main milestones in the development of Carbon Waters

End of 2017


Several patents filed on an innovative process for producing graphene-based nanomaterials


Project maturation phase (supported by CNRS and Aquitaine Science Transfert)

End of 2017

Carbon Waters startup founded by Alban Chesneau, Alain Pénicaud, Carlos Drummond and Emmanuel Derory


First round of financing to fund an initial process and application development laboratory


Carbon Waters relocates to the ChemInnov building at the heart of the Université de Bordeaux


Launch of a design office and development of the first prototypes


New funds raised to build a pre-industrial site

Our team

Senior management

Alban Chesneau CEO

Management, business development, company organization

Nicolas Castet COO

Management, business development, finance

Processes & Product Development

Rym Soltani Process Manager

Process R&D and pilot factory development

Lucie Chupin Project Manager Polymers & Composites and Safety Manager

Thomas Bottein Project Manager Formulations & Coatings

Isabelle Tanic R&D Test Technician


Luca Bufano, Technicien R&D Applications

Luca Bufano R&D Test Technician


Luna Boulbet PhD student

Physics and chemistry of graphene

Production & Industrialization

Mahbub Morshed Production and Maintenance Manager

Industrialization, production and factories

Fabien Bohic Production Supervisor

Graphene production and quality control

Julien Perrier Production Technician

Graphene production, analysis and testing

Sales & technical support

Charlotte Gallois Business Developer Innovation

Sales and marketing development

Joyakim Davis Supply Chain Manager

Supply chain and purchasing


Accounting, administration

Industrializing our solutions

Our unique process for producing graphene through mechanical and chemical exfoliation and, above all, our ability to offer “ready-to-use” liquid performance additives for manufacturers, have established us as a leader in the field of advanced materials for transport, energy and space.

Since the outset, every customer we have worked with has been able to technically validate the performance of our solutions. That’s why we want to support more companies facing the major challenges of the industry of tomorrow. Our aim is to expand our production capacity to handle higher volumes and support growing demand.

Thanks to the financial support of several investors, in late 2022 Carbon Waters was able to raise funds for the construction of a pilot factory, scheduled for completion in 2024.

Our technology

The Carbon Waters

Carbon Waters’ reputation and strong capacity for innovation earn the trust of numerous regional, national and international industrial partners who support our projects.

Our membership of various industry associations and competitive clusters also enables to work collectively to build a modern industrial environment, with everyone contributing their technical expertise and skills for the future of advanced materials.



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