American Elements produces the full range of anode, cathode and electrolyte materials essential to the production of solid oxide fuel cells. We developed unique processes to reduce the cost of producing nickel cermet anode material and were one of the first companies to commercially produce lanthanum strontium manganite cathode powders by solid state processes.

American Elements was one of the first participants in the Department of Energy’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) joining the program in 2000 and first proposed the addition of a materials program to the alliance at an important joint US-EU fuel cell conference in 2001.

American Elements is the world's largest producer of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing materials for the Fuel Cell Industry.

Innovation Case Study #15: American Elements Develops Low Cost Fuel Cell Material for U.S. Department of Energy Program

#15: American Elements Develops Low Cost Fuel Cell Material for U.S. Department of Energy Program


The Challenge

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) offer the world a potential game changing means to produce energy from hydrocarbons; far cleaner and more efficient than combustion engines. However, many technical and cost issues have prevented their commercialization, chief of which is the cost of the electrode and electrolyte materials. The most expensive of these is the perovskite-structured cathode material lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM) produced through the very expensive and time-consuming process of co-precipitation.

The Innovation

As part of the Solid Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) formed by the U.S. Department of Energy, American Elements proposed at a joint meeting of the European Union and SECA participants in Brussels in 2001 that LSM could and should be produced through the much less costly means of solid state sintering of the powder and demonstrated a scheme for commercializing the approach. Samples from this technology were distributed for testing to SECA participants including Honeywell, Cummins Engines and General Electric.

The Result

Testing by program participants confirmed the efficacy of the new production method. American Elements scaled the process from pilot to commercial scale at its Bluffdale, Utah plant. Cost estimates for production of solid oxide fuel cells have been reduced and today we provide low cost LSM and several other cathode materials to programs in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Below is merely a selection of the full catalog of Fuel Cells products that American Elements manufactures. If you do not see a material you're looking for listed, please search the website or contact customerservice@americanelements.com.

Selected Products Supplied to the Fuel Cells Industry

3% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia 40% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder 8% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Barium Cerate
Barium Cerium Yttrium Zirconate Sputtering Target Barium Strontium Cobalt Ferrite Barium Yttrium Zirconate Barium Zirconate
Barium Zirconate Sputtering Target Calcia Stabilized Zirconia Calcium Doped Lanthanum Chromite Paste Calcium Silicate
Carbon Aerogel Carbon Fiber Carbon Foam Carbon Granules
Carbon Nanotubes Cerium Oxide Calcium doped Nanoparticle Dispersion Cerium Oxide Calcium doped Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cerium Oxide Gadolinium doped Nanoparticle Dispersion
Cerium Oxide Gadolinium doped Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cerium Oxide Samarium doped Nanoparticle Dispersion Cerium Oxide Yttria doped Nanoparticle Dispersion Cerium Oxide Yttria doped Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Cerium Oxide, Gadolinium-doped Pellets Cerium Oxide, Praseodymium-doped Cerium Oxide, Samarium doped Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cerium Oxide, Samarium-doped Pellets
Cerium Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Cerium Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cobalt Boride (Co2B) Cobalt(II) Phthalocyanine
Copper Foam Copper Mesh Copper Wire Gadolinia doped Ceria (GDC)
Gadolinia doped Ceria Paste (GDC) Gadolinia doped Ceria Sputtering Target (GDC) Gadolinium-doped Zinc Oxide Gold Conductor Paste
Gold Mesh Graphene Graphene Oxide Paper Graphene Oxide Thin Film
Graphite Felt Indium Oxide/Tin Oxide Iridium Black Iridium Ruthenium Oxide
Iridium-Tantalum coated Titanium Anodes Lanthanum Calcium Chromite Lanthanum Calcium Cobalt Oxide Lanthanum Calcium Manganite (LCM)
Lanthanum Calcium Manganite Sputtering Target Lanthanum Cobalt Oxide Lanthanum Cobalt Oxide Sputtering Target Lanthanum Gallate, Strontium and Magnesium Doped (LSGM)
Lanthanum Germanate Lanthanum Iron Oxide Lanthanum Manganate Sputtering Target Lanthanum Nickel Oxide
Lanthanum Nickelate Nanoparticle Dispersion Lanthanum Nickelate Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lanthanum Nickelate, Strontium-doped Nanoparticle Dispersion Lanthanum Nickelate, Strontium-doped Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Lanthanum Strontium Chromite Lanthanum Strontium Chromite Sputtering Target Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Chromite Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Chromite Paste
Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite (LSCF) Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite Paste Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Ferrite Sputtering Target Lanthanum Strontium Cobalt Oxide Sputtering Target
Lanthanum Strontium Cobaltite (LSC) Lanthanum Strontium Cobaltite Ferrite (LSCF)- Gadolinium Doped Ceria (GDC) Lanthanum Strontium Ferrite (LSF) Lanthanum Strontium Gallate Magnesite Sputtering Target
Lanthanum Strontium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Lanthanum Strontium Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lanthanum Strontium Manganese Oxide Sputtering Target Lanthanum Strontium Manganite (LSM)
Lanthanum Strontium Manganite (LSM) - Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) Lanthanum Strontium Manganite (LSM) Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lanthanum Strontium Manganite - Gadolinium Doped Ceria Lanthanum Strontium Manganite Paste
Lanthanum Strontium Manganite/Zirconia Paste Lanthanum Strontium Titanium Manganese Oxide Lanthanum Yttrium Germanate Lanthanum-Nickel-Aluminum Alloy
Lithium Aluminate Lithium Carbonate Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia (3.5 wt%) Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia (4.5 Mol. %)
Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia (5 Mol. %) Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia Powder Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia Rod Magnesia Stabilized Zirconia Sheet
Magnesium Aluminum Zirconium Oxide Manganese Cobalt Oxide, Spinel Powder Mesoporous Carbon Nickel Cermet
Nickel Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Nickel Foam Nickel Gauze Nickel Ink
Nickel Mesh Nickel Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel Nanoparticles Nickel Oxide
Nickel Oxide - Gadolinia doped Ceria Nickel Oxide - Samaria doped Ceria (SDC) Anode Nickel Oxide - Scandia Stabilized Zirconia (SCZ) Anode Nickel Oxide - Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (8 Mol. %) Anode
Nickel Oxide - Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Anode Paste Nickel Oxide - Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Anode Tape Nickel Oxide Anode Paste Nickel Oxide-ScCeSZ Anode
Nickel Paste Nickel Wire Nickel Zinc Iron Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Nickel(II) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion
Nickel(II) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Palladium Black Palladium Conductor Paste Palladium Ink
Palladium Nanoparticle Dispersion Palladium Nanoparticles Palladium on Alumina Palladium on Barium Carbonate
Palladium on Barium Sulfate Palladium on Calcium Carbonate Palladium on Calcium Carbonate, Poisoned with Lead (Lindlar Catalyst) Palladium on Polyethylenimine/Silica
Palladium on Silica Palladium on Strontium Carbonate Palladium Wire Platinum Black
Platinum coated Tantalum Anodes Platinum coated Titanium Anodes Platinum coated Zirconium Anodes Platinum Cobalt on Carbon
Platinum Conductor Paste Platinum Gauze Platinum Ink Platinum Mesh
Platinum Nanoparticle Dispersion Platinum Nanoparticles Platinum Nanoparticles on Carbon Black Platinum Nanoparticles on Titania
Platinum on Activated Charcoal Platinum on Alumina Platinum on Barium Sulfate Platinum on Calcium Carbonate
Platinum on Carbon Platinum on Silica Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum-Palladium on Carbon
Reduced Graphene Oxide Powder, decorated with Palladium Nanoparticles Rhodium on Carbon Samaria-doped Ceria (SDC) Samaria-doped Ceria (SDC) Sputtering Target
Samarium Strontium Cobalt Oxide Samarium Strontium Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Samarium Strontium Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Scandia Ceria Stabilized Zirconia
Scandia Stabilized Zirconia Sputtering Target Scandia Stabilized Zirconium Oxide Silver/Palladium Conductor Paste Sodium Silica Gel
Strontium Iron Molybdenum Oxide Yttria doped Ceria (YDC) Yttria Stabilized Bismuth Oxide Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (12 Mol. %)
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (5 Mol. %) Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (6 Mol. %) Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Electrolyte Tape Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticle Dispersion
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Paste Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Sheet Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Spheres
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Sputtering Target (8 Mol. %) Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Tube Yttria-Doped Ceria Sputtering Target Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia Granule
Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia Lump Yttrium-doped Barium Cerate Zirconium Nickel Alloy Zirconium(IV) Oxide Yttria stabilized Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zirconium(IV) Oxide, Yttria Stabilized Zirconium(IV) Oxide, Yttria Stabilized Pellets Zirconium(IV) Oxide, Yttria stabilized Submicron Powder