ProGraphite, which conducts graphite research and development, will conduct a series of testing such as purification and expandability, XRD analysis to determine crystallinity degree and thermal gravimetric analysis.
These will be used to aid Northern in maximising its concentrates revenue potential via the best value-added applications.
The developer's goal is for its graphite concentrates to be used in advanced applications such as lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells and flow batteries in addition to traditional applications.
"Extensive characterisation work has already confirmed that there are no limits to the applications for which Bissett Creek concentrates will be suitable due to their coarse flake, highly crystalline and pristine nature," chief executive Gregory Bowes said.
"Continual research, development and testing is necessary to ensure the company is current with advances in graphite processing technology and constantly changing market requirements, and to identify opportunities where our products will have a distinct competitive advantage."
Northern Graphite's Bissett Creek project is in its advanced stages with a full feasibility study. It is located in southern Canada between North Bay and Ottawa, with proximity to the Trans-Canada highway.