Trevor Keel

Dr Trevor Keel


Trevor has over 15 years of experience in the development, commercialisation and analysis of new technologies across multiple sectors. As an independent consultant he has worked with various organisations, focusing on both the role played by metals and new materials in technical applications and a broad range of sustainability issues. He is currently a senior consultant to the gold, silver and graphene industries, and prior to this he led the World Gold Council’s technology sector. Trevor began his career as a chemist and project manager at the pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline, and holds a PhD in nanotechnology from the University of Nottingham, a degree in chemistry from the University of Kent and a master’s degree in management from University College London.

Gold Prime - Featured industrial presentation:
Industrial applications for gold in 2022 and beyond

Gold continues to play a critical, yet evolving, role as an industrial metal. After a period of declining demand from the highs of a decade ago, recent years have seen a gradual stabilisation with 330 tonnes of gold being used across all industrial sectors in 2021. Demand also recovered quickly from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, driven primarily by a buoyant electronics sector struggling to keep up with demand for chips.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the gold market, focusing primarily on the current drivers for demand in the technology sector. New commercial opportunities will also be discussed, alongside the role gold plays with respect to ongoing electrification, sustainability and some lesser-known, but equally vital applications. The World Gold Council’s most recent activities in the space will also be introduced, including a multi-year collaborative project recently started with the National Research Council of Canada in the field of gold catalysis and the development of the educational documentary series The Golden Thread.

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