Sarytogan tests micro-crystalline graphite for industrial uses 

Sarytogan Graphite (ASX:SGA) says testing of its micro-crystalline graphite shows it is “highly suitable” for industrial applications. 

The company’s American technology partner tested a sample of the Sarytogan micro-crystalline graphite which demonstrated its use as a lubricant pigment in traditional industrial applications.

Graphite is mostly used for refractories, batteries, steelmaking, and lubricants. 

Sarytogan, which has a market capitalisation of $29.74 million, reports the results show the micro-crystalline graphite has a lower coefficient of friction that is superior to the North American amorphous graphite of a similar particle size. 

Amorphous graphite is a seam mineral that is formed by contact metamorphism. 

Managing Director Sean Gregory says the key to maximising future economic returns is to get as many units of carbon into as many markets as possible. 

“We plan to deliver high-purity graphite into advanced industrial markets for batteries and nuclear use, following customer qualification,” he says. 

“Today’s result demonstrates that the precursor Sarytogan micro-crystalline 80-85% C graphite product is suitable in traditional industrial applications, providing an important base load for the project.”

Samples of the Sarytogan graphite have been analysed by x-ray diffraction (XRD) at CSIRO in Perth. The XRD can measure the interplanar spacing between graphite layers. 

Additionally, coin-cell batteries have been manufactured with Sarytogan Coated Spherical Purified Graphite (CSPG) anodes. 

The company notes battery testing of the CSPG anodes is well advanced and initial results will be reported in due course. 

These results are considered important inputs for the company’s Prefeasibility Study which is on-track to be completed in Q3 this year. 

The Sarytogan graphite deposit is located in the Karaganda region of Central Kazakhstan. 

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