About Us 2018-03-07T17:41:01+00:00

Urbix Resources was founded in 2014 with the goal of creating radical change in the way natural graphite is refined and commercialized. Urbix specializes in all aspects of the graphite value chain, and is a premier provider of Graphite Ore, Refined Graphite Powders, Graphene, and other advanced Graphite Products. We use proprietary methods for the environmentally conscious purification of our various graphite and graphene products. Urbix customers know that their raw materials are the most responsibly produced in the world. Share in our vision for a greener carbon future.

The Urbix Advantage

Urbix is one of the largest natural graphite resources in North America. We are able to fulfill your full demand. The graphite mines Urbix is partnered with have extremely high carbon grades, ranging from 65% to 90% Cg straight from the mine.  This is nearly three to four times higher than the resources being touted in Sweden, Scandinavia, and Canada. Leveraging the unique and customizable graphene exfoliation technology Urbix developed in conjunction with the University of Arizona, Urbix is proud to offer the most economically viable graphite and graphene in the world. Urbix can cater to customer needs and demands far better than the present industry giants, while still offering large economies of scale to compete on a global stage. Contact Us to learn more about how Urbix can benefit your business today.

Our Eco-friendly Approach

Urbix management is always pushing beyond industry standards. Recognizing the near irreversible damage China has caused to their country due to antiquated graphite refinement methods, Urbix accepted the challenge of finding new ways to more effectively provide natural graphite products. Starting with our proprietary low-temperature, non-oxidative purification technique, Urbix avoids the use of Hydrofluoric Acid and the huge energy consumption often required to achieve the same refined graphite product. Urbix has also created a simple graphene exfoliation method which features 100% reusable surfactants, yields as high as 95-99% of the starting graphite weight, and “on-demand” layer customization. These patented refinement techniques simultaneously lower production cost while minimizing impact on the surrounding environment.


Nicolas Cuevas

President & Chairman

Nicolas is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Arizona and has over 5 years experience managing mining EPCM projects totally over $6 billion across 5 countries and 3 continents.  Nicolas 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.

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 and has been following the graphene market since 2010.

Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay


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.

Sergio Aguirre

 Senior Commodity Director

Sergio is an international commerce expert with over 6 years experience in supply chain management and procurement.  Sergio is the third generation to control and operate his families long standing natural graphite mining operation outside of Hermosillo, Sonora MX and is the primary procurement manager of the commodities Urbix refines.

Javier Ayala

Lead Engineer

Javier is a trained civil engineer with previous experience in mining EPCM, road/bridge construction, and general construction management.  Javier oversees Urbix’s Hermosillo office, and manages all aspects of Urbix’s Hermosillo milling operation and fulfillment.

Kurumi Austin

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. For this work, she was awarded 1st place in the Arizona State University vs. University of Arizona Materials Bowl in 2017.  Before joining Urbix Resources, Ms. Austin was an intern doing research and development for a leading United States DoD contractor. Kurumi plays an integral role in accelerating the development of products and processes at Urbix Resources.

Dr. James Akridge

Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. James Akridge is a tenured battery industry expert. Boasting a PhD in electrochemistry, Dr. Akridge previously spent 20 years with Energizer Holdings, Inc. in a variety of roles including Director of Technology. Later in his career, Dr. Akridge went on to be CTO and Vice-President of Sion Power, and CEO of Valence Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLNC).  Dr. Akridge provides advisory support related to technology development, strategic partnerships, and commercialization strategy.

Anthony Parkinson

Vice Chair

Mr. Parkinson 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.


Urbix Resources features cross boarder infrastructure to service a variety of customers.  This includes commercial milling facilities outside of Hermosillo, Sonora MX, and a cutting edge R&D/Quality Assurance lab in Mesa, AZ.  These facilities allow the Urbix team to minimize lead times, maintain low operational costs, and ensure customers throughout North America and Latin America receive consistent on-time deliveries and quality assurance data.