Boston-based Nth Cycle has hired Shawn Montgomery as its vice president of operations. The company, which recovers precious, rare earth and other battery metals from electronic scrap and mine tailings, says Montgomery will oversee the commercialization of its electro-extraction technology.
“We’re excited to have Shawn join the Nth Cycle leadership team,” says Megan O’Connor, CEO of the company. “His experience and expertise commercializing innovative technologies is a fantastic addition to our team.”
Montgomery has what Nth Cycle calls extensive operations, scale-up and commercialization expertise from 25-plus years of domestic and international industrial experience, of which the last 17 have been with high-tech startups.
Before joining Nth Cycle, he served as chief operating officer of 7AC Technologies, where he was involved in the commercialization of it technology, resulting in a company sale to St. Louis-based Emerson Electric in 2020.
Nth Cycle says demand for “critical minerals necessary to power the clean energy transition is growing exponentially,” and its “unique, modular electro-extraction technology supports battery recyclers and miners with an alternative or enhancement to older, dirtier hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy processes.”
The company says its technology transforms the outputs of electronics recycling, untapped mining resources, and waste from existing mines into “high-purity critical minerals ready to be used in new production,” including copper, gold, platinum group metals, rhodium, nickel, zinc and rare earth metals.