European high-tech based on academic research

Floatech's origin

Floatech’s technology originated in a breakthrough in an ERC starting grant, as a new method to synthesise macroscopic networks of 1D nanowires to form freestanding solids. Development was mainly carried out at IMDEA Materials Institute in Madrid, which is known for its outstanding contribution to floating catalyst synthesis.

Executive team

Fernando Celaya

CEO of Floatech. Executive Director with more than 30 years of experience in the sectors of industry and energy. He has been General Director of Abengoa Solar fotovoltaica for 11 years and Technical and Business Development Director of Tyco Electronics for 20 years. 


Dr. Juan José Vilatela

Founder and CTO of Floatech. PhD from the University of Cambridge and Senior Researcher at the IMDEA Materials Institute where he leads the Multifunctional Nanocomposites Group.

Operations team

Dr. Richard Schäufele

Founder and COO of Floatech. PhD with distinction from the University Autónoma of Madrid in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology as well as a MSc in Nanoscience from the University of Tübingen, Germany. 

Cristian López Carnicero

Process engineer. Has a Msc in Advanced Nanotechnology from the University Autónoma of Madrid

Maria Murillo Vidal

Process engineer. Has a Msc in Advanced Nanotechnology from the University Autónoma of Madrid

Institutional support

Miguel Ángel Rodiel

Technology and Projects Director of the IMDEA Materials Institute. MSc in Chemistry Science from the University of Valencia (2000) and Master in Innovation Management from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2012). 

External advisor

Manuel Doblaré

Internationally reputed researcher, previously head of R&D at Abengoa, founder of 3 technological spin-offs (TALCO SL, Ebers medical technology, Beonchip SL), and a renowned academic (Spanish Royal Academies of Science and Engineering).