CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Hyperion Metals Limited (ASX: HYM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Eliana Fu and Mr Tom Witheford to the Hyperion Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.
Dr Eliana Fu, PhD, is a Materials Scientist with extensive experience in the aerospace additives industry and traditional manufacturing at Titanium Metals Corp (TIMET). She has also held positions with SpaceX and Relativity Space, which are world leaders in the application of 3D printing for the production of rockets for space exploration. She served on the advanced fabrication committee of former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and is an ambassador for the Las Vegas chapter on Women in 3D Printing.
Mr. Tom Witheford is a highly experienced specialist in Specialty Metals, having spent 30 years in leadership roles including as President of the Specialty Materials Division of Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Managing Director Europe and Asia for GKN Powder Metallurgy and President of the specialty metals division of Precision Castparts Corp. He has extensive experience in the production of metal alloys, titanium, alloy applications and 3D printing.
Dr Fu and Mr Witheford will assist Hyperion with their expertise, knowledge and contacts throughout the titanium supply chain, from the production of primary titanium metal to the development of high value-added products such as powders. titanium alloy for additive manufacturing.
Hyperion anticipates that the appointment of Dr Fu and Mr Witheford will accelerate advanced discussions with customers for low cost, low carbon titanium metal products.
Anastasios (Taso) Arima, CEO and Managing Director of Hyperion Metals said:
“Dr. Eliana Fu and Tom Witheford are recognized leaders in their respective fields and are very valuable additions to our world-class team. Today’s appointment is part of our strategy to ensure that the best experts in this area is helping us move towards our goal of commercially producing low-cost, low-carbon titanium metal and powder.
Annex I: Profiles of current members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board
Dr Zak Fang
Dr Zak Fang is currently Program Director at the Agency for Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he focuses on advanced materials and manufacturing technologies for production, storage and energy efficiency applications.
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr Fang was a professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah. There he led a number of innovative research projects and was awarded an R&D 100 award for his efforts. He founded two small technology companies and is the sole or co-inventor of more than 50 US patents. Prior to joining the University of Utah faculty, he held various technical and managerial positions with a number of industrial companies, including Smith International.
Dr Fang holds BA and MA in Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Science and Technology and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham . He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, ASM International and APMI International.
Dr. Fang is the Founder and CTO of Blacksand Technologies, LLC.
Dr Kesh Keshavan
Dr. Kesh Keshavan, PhD, is a distinguished materials scientist with industry training and experience in inventing and commercializing new technologies. Dr Keshavan has 30 years of experience in superhard materials, holds over 200 patents and is the recipient of “Most Cited Author; The Institute of Scientific Information ”.
Dr Keshavan is currently President of Blacksand Technology LLC and Chief Development Officer of SuperMetalix, Inc., an R&D company that has created and marketed the superhard synthetic material Tetride, a tungsten boride composite 10 times harder than steel. Dr. Keshavan previously served as Director of Materials Engineering for Smith Bits (a Schlumberger company); technology advisor for the Schlumberger drilling group; Vice-president of the Advanced Materials group at SII Mega Diamond and vice-president of GeoDiamond Engineering & Manufacturing.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bangalore, a Bachelor of Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Science, and a Masters and Doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Kentucky. Dr Keshavan is a member of the American Society for Metals, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Society for Petroleum Engineers International and is the director of the R&D Technical Committee – Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Dr Ali Yousefiani
Dr Ali Yousefiani, PhD, is a distinguished materials scientist and inventor with experience in strategic investment decisions and commercialization of new and disruptive technologies. Dr Yousefiani has over 30 years of experience in materials science and holds 22 patents.
He is the Technical and Chief Scientist for Metallic Materials Technology for Boeing Research & Technology. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of commercial airliners, defense, space and security systems, and is one of the world’s largest consumers of metal and metal-based products. titanium.
Dr Yousefiani is responsible for inserting advanced metallic material technologies into Boeing’s current and future product platforms. He leads a wide range of cutting-edge programs aimed at the maturation of durable, manufacturable and commercially deployable metal cell structures. Dr Yousefiani is currently leading the research and development of extreme environment heat exchangers and ultra-high performance turbine blades made from new high entropy alloys produced using additive and traditional manufacturing methods. .
Dr Yousefiani received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and continues to lecture at the university’s School of Engineering.
About Hyperion Metals
Hyperion’s mission is to be the leading developer of zero-carbon, sustainable and critical materials supply chains for leading US industries including space, aerospace, electric vehicles and 3D printing.
The Company owns a 100% interest in the Titan Project, which covers more than 6,000 acres of titanium, rare earth mineral, high grade silica sand and zircon rich mineral sands properties in Tennessee, United States. -United. Project Titan is strategically located in the Southeastern United States, with low-cost road, rail and marine logistics connecting it to world-class manufacturing industries.
Hyperion has obtained options for the exclusive license to produce low carbon metallic titanium and spherical powers using revolutionary HAMR and GSD technologies. The HAMR and GSD technologies were invented by Dr. Z. Zak Fang and his team at the University of Utah with government funding from ARPA-E.
HAMR technology has demonstrated the potential to produce titanium powders with low to zero carbon intensity, lower energy consumption, significantly lower cost and product qualities that exceed current industry standards. GSD technology is a thermochemical process combining low cost raw material with high yield production, and can produce spherical titanium and titanium alloy powders at a fraction of the cost of comparable commercial powders.
Hyperion also signed a memorandum of understanding to partner with Energy Fuels (NYSE: UUUU) that aims to create an integrated, all-American rare earth supply chain. The MOU will assess the potential supply of rare earth minerals from Hyperion’s Titan project to Energy Fuels for value-added processing at Energy Fuels’ White Mesa plant. Rare earths are highly valued as critical materials for the production of essential magnets for wind turbines, electric vehicles, consumer electronics and military applications.