Shield Gold Inc. (TSXV:SHG), operating as Great Lakes Graphite, announced that Paul Hynek has been appointed director of technical operations at the company. He has over 35 years’ experience in metallurgical and graphite research.

As quoted in the press release:

While working for Inco Limited for more than three decades he was involved in the development of base metal extractive metallurgical processes, fundamental research on thermodynamic properties of various metal-sulfur systems and new product development.

Paul helped establish and managed a state-of-the-art materials characterization laboratory at Inco for the development and physical characterization of materials primarily based on nickel and graphite for use in various industries. During this time, he co-authored three patents and developed image analysis software for studying the performance characteristics of rechargeable batteries.

Recently, Mr. Hynek has acted as an independent consultant for Industrial Minerals companies. In these roles, Mr. Hynek investigated methods of optimizing the crushing and grinding of ore and extraction of graphite to maintain a high level of purity where possible while preserving flake size, as well as writing much of the technical content for a number of company websites. He has studied techniques for the production of exfoliated graphite. Paul’s list of graphite related contacts in both industry and academia is extensive.

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