The Revolution of Graphite

The Urbix Difference

Graphite — A Critical Mineral

Versatile Non-Metal that possesses unique thermal, chemical, and electrical properties.
Biocompatible – derived from carbon
Designated Critical Mineral by USA due to its supply chain vulnerability and because graphite serves an essential function in the manufacturing of a product, the absence of which would have significant consequences for the economy and national security of USA.
Driving factor in new innovations and applications, including Graphene “the New Plastics”

Geo Politics

China currently dominates the global supply. Due to the Booming EV and Energy Storage industries, it is now a net importer for the first time in decades. Standard refining method is with Dangerous Hydrofluoric Acid (China) or Energy and Cost Intensive High Temperature Ovens (Western World). After numerous think thanks and journalists shed light on mining and processing standards, the provenance of battery raw materials, ecofriendly- processing techniques, adequate battery manufacturing standards, eco-friendly processing techniques are now required by most end-users.

Urbix Purification

Urbix’s innovative, cost effective, green, and faster graphite purification process. It is the only Purification Technology to receive US Department of Energy Funding for development of Nuclear Grade Feedstock for Next Gen IV Reactors. 1/20th of the energy as the standard high temperature purification methods and does not use HF Acid. Lowest Capex (est. $5M per 24k tonne Facility) and Modular Design for efficient construction and expandability. Proven on graphite from five continents. Able to make Graphene, recycle Graphite from old Batteries, Rare Earth Purification, and Battery Anode Graphite.

Our mission is to provide a clear advantage in processing technologies and advanced materials with the intention to mitigate supply chain vulnerabilities and foreign dependencies. We do this with innovative and sustainable developments while providing a safe, inclusive, diverse, dynamic and competitive work experience for our employees, providing best answers for the planet and maximizing return on investment for shareholders.
Our vision is to become the global leader in the development of eco-friendly advanced material and processing technologies that positively impact the world and humanity.

Paradigms in Teamwork

We’ve put together some of the most significant players in advanced materials, graphite and graphene to be found anywhere.
Nico Cuevas

Nico Cuevas

Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Nico is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Arizona. He has more than five years experience managing mining EPCM projects totally over $6 billion across five countries in three continents. Nico has a passion for clean technologies and the aviation industry, and is motivated to help usher in a new technological age with cutting edge materials.

Dr. Andrea Cabrero Vilatela

Dr. Andrea Cabrero Vilatela

Director of R&D

Andrea has a PhD from the University of Cambridge where she specialized in graphene. She studied the MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise from the Materials Science Department, University of Cambridge and her undergraduate degree was in Physics Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. Andrea has a strong belief in driving change to improve the lives of people through innovation, technology and education. She's based in Mexico City.

Adam Small


Adam is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the last 5 years growing small businesses organically. Adam has a passion for product development, renewable energy, and next-generation technologies. Adam is a graduate from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona where he was also a 12-time NCAA All-American, NCAA Champion, and member of an American Record setting relay team. Adam has been following the graphene market since 2010 and in Q4 2017 was named to the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in energy.

Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay

Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Gangopadhyay has a B.Sc. in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics from Calcutta University, a M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Jadavpur University, and a PhD in Optical Materials & Chemistry from the University of Hyderabad. Most recently, Dr. Gangopadhyay spent the last 10 years as a top research scientist at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences where he lead many projects for the DoD, DoE, NSF, and private corporations. Dr. Gangopadhyay has a passion for material science and has invented a number of technologies utilized in energy storage systems, magneto optics, and photonics.

Anthony Parkinson

Executive Vice-President

Anthony has a BE in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, a MBA from Wharton Graduate Division in Finance and Accounting and was previously a Board Member of the Wharton School. Mr. Parkinson was a Co-founder of Kronos, an Investment Banking Partner at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Senior VP Hasbro Inc., and a General Partner of the NY Islanders. Mr. Parkinson assists management in general business development and growth.

Kurumi Austin

Senior Product Development Engineer

Kurumi Austin graduated in 2017 with honors from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering. Ms. Austin is a standout research scientist with previous experience in the characterization of materials, analysis of the optical and electric properties of materials, materials processing, and optical spectroscopy. Her undergraduate research was on complex carbon based materials for energy storage. Before joining Urbix, Ms. Austin was an intern doing research and development for a leading United States DoD contractor.

Jillian Grass

Application Development Engineer

Jillian Grass graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Before graduating Jillian worked on various projects related to graphite and ionic liquids. Jillian worked on the development of a modified hummer’s process, graphene oxide coatings, expanded graphite, and large scale synthesis of multi-layer graphene. Jillian has also worked on the development of metallic ionic liquids for various applications at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

Fernando Gomez

Product Development Engineer

Since Fernando’s graduation from The Universidad de Sonora with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, he has been contributing to company wide QAQC management. Fernando received an “outstanding” result on his Chemical Engineering Ceneval Exam, which is the exam used to determine recent graduate proficiency in their respective fields. Fernando facilitates many different projects and is involved with quality control.


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