Jack Lifton is a co-founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC, and is a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the ‘technology metals’, a term he coined in 2007 to describe the strategic and rare metals, the electronic properties of which make our technological society possible. Technology metals are the rare earths, the lithium ion battery metals, lithium and cobalt, and most of the scarcely produced rare metals such as gallium, germanium, hafnium, zirconium, tantalum, tellurium. He was educated as a physical chemist, and he first specialized in high-temperature metallurgy and the ultrapurifaction of materials for use in solid state electronics and catalysis, as a researcher. Jack ultimately became a manufacturing and marketing executive in the production and recycling of engineered materials. After serving as the CEO of two OEM automotive suppliers he retired and developed a business as a metals trader specializing in the field of technology metals. Today with 56+ years in that industry, he advises OEMs and global institutional investment firms on natural resource issues that impact proposed business models or high-volume manufacturing plans for the consumer and military markets. He presently does due diligence consulting for institutional investors probing opportunities in which availability of rare and technology metals is a determining factor to assess the probability of commercial success in metals’ mining, refining, fabricating and marketing ventures. He is a Senior Fellow at Institute for Analysis of Global Security, a member numerous professional societies, and frequent speaker at professional and industry events on the markets for technology metals and materials and on the use of new and newly applied technologies for the extraction, refining, fabrication, and marketing of technology metals.