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Dr. Chris Herron Hired as Black Swan Graphene Vice President Research and Product Development

Apr 15, 2023

Black Swan Graphene Inc. appointed of Dr. Chris Herron Vice-President Research and Product Development. In this leadership role, Dr. Herron will be instrumental in ensuring best product performance across Black Swan’s integrated supply chain partnerships that are designed  to accelerate the adoption of graphene-enhanced concrete globally. These partnerships include Nationwide Engineering Research & Development and Arup Group Ltd.

Dr. Herron's expertise will also be central in driving the company's overall commercialization initiatives, encompassing the polymer industry,  and other sectors that will be announced shortly by Black Swan. 

"In a rapidly emerging industry, such expertise is very scarce and we are honored to have Chris join our team, which speaks to the Company's product excellence, technical expertise, and commercially driven strategy. His addition strengthens our research and product development capabilities. On behalf of everyone, I would like to warmly welcome Chris to Black Swan,” Michael Edwards, Chief Operating Officer of Black Swan said . 

Dr. Herron brings over 10 years of experience in the graphene industry, with a strong background in research, development, and applications. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Durham University, United Kingdom, earned following a first-class honours Masters degree. After his post-doctoral research post at Durham University, Dr. Herron joined Applied Graphene Materials PLC, where he established the graphene characterisation laboratory, scaled up the dispersion process, and led numerous successful commercial customer projects.

Black Swan is focused on the large-scale production and commercialization of patented high-performance and low-cost graphene products aimed at several industrial sectors, including concrete, polymers, Li-ion batteries, and others, which are expected to require large volumes of graphene. 

The company plans to leverage the low cost and green hydroelectricity of the province of Québec as well as the proximity of the province's emerging graphite industry to establish an integrated supply chain, reduce overall costs, and accelerate the deployment of graphene usage. 

On March 27, 2023, Black Swan, Nationwide Engineering Research and Development Ltd. ("NERD") and Arup Group Limited ("Arup") announced strategic partnerships, establishing a fully integrated supply chain and providing a turnkey solution for the construction and concrete industries. 

Arup is a multinational engineering consultancy headquartered in London, United Kingdom, with 18,000 experts working across 140 countries. Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. a U.K. based global chemicals manufacturer developed Black Swan’s graphene processing technology, The company has a century-long history of being on the forefront of graphene innovation.

In November, 2022, Black Swan announced it was conducting studies to determine where to build their production facility in Quebec. Black Swan wants to build a large scale production facility in Quebec, where the Company is looking to leverage the province's low-cost renewable hydroelectricity as well as the emergence of a world class graphite industry as a raw material source.

 "This marks an important step for Black Swan as we transition toward a much larger production scale of our graphene products and look to service volume driven sectors, notably the concrete and polymer industries," said Michael Edwards, Chief Operating Officer of Black Swan.

For more information 
Paul Hardy,  V.P. Corporate Development            phardy@blackswangraphene.com, 
+1 (416) 844-7365 ,

Photo of Dr. Chris Herron, V.P. of Product Development and Research

Image Dr. Chris Herron, Black Swan, V.P. Product and Research Development

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