American Elements maintains a nearly two-decade relationship with the lighting industry. In the 90s we served as the exclusive supplier of cerium oxide to General Electric’s glass plants, used to prevent iron oxide impurities from yellowing bulbs during use. We additionally supplied GE, Philips, and Osram with ultra high purity rare earth metals for use in the mantles of their incandescent bulbs.

When GE began the development of the Reveal™ light bulb, it brought American Elements in at inception to help with the materials component of the program. During the early stages of the development of LED lighting American Elements supplied semiconductor materials such as ITO and YAG, and quantum dots to the research programs at GE, Philips and Osram as well as many other research programs.

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Innovation Case Study #14: American Elements Assists General Electric in the Development and Launch of the Reveal™ Light Bulb

#14: American Elements Assists General Electric in the Development and Launch of the Reveal™ Light Bulb

The Challenge

For over a decade American Elements has supplied General Electric with the rare earth oxides needed to produce the glass used in its incandescent bulbs. So when GE’s researchers in Schenectady, NY came up with the novel idea of including neodymium oxide in the glass to reduce yellow-green wavelength emission, they approached American Elements to help develop the plan for commercialization of the idea.

The Innovation

The Innovation: American Elements first worked with GE researchers preparing various certified purities and particle sizes of neodymium oxide and performing cost-benefit analysis on each to optimize the starting raw material. We then prepared a confidential analysis of the global neodymium supply chain including existing and anticipated sources around the world as part of GE’s long term planning for the product. American Elements established production capabilities meeting the final specification in both the U.S. and Asia where production manufacturing would begin.

The Result

The result is GE’s highly successful GE Reveal™ light bulb. With the initial successful launch, GE has since expanded the line to an entire family of lighting options under the Reveal™ brand using neodymium glass, including LED and fluorescent options.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Lighting Industry

(2,2'-Bipyridine)bis(2-phenylpyridinato)iridium(III) Hexafluorophosphate (2,2'-Bipyridine)bis[2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine]iridium(III) Hexafluorophosphate (5N) 99.999% Gallium Oxide Powder (7N) 99.99999% Cadmium Metal
(8-Quinolinolato)lithium (Ir[dF(CF3)ppy]2(bpy))PF6 (Ir[dF(CF3)ppy]2(dtbpy))PF6 2,3,9,10,16,17-Hexachlorinated Boron Subphthalocyanine Chloride
Aluminium Gallium Indium Phosphide Aluminum Gallium Nitride (AlGaN) Aluminum Nitride Powder Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Aluminum Silver Sputtering Target Amorphous Silicon Bis(10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinolinato)beryllium Bis(2-phenylbenzothiazolato)(acetylacetonate)iridium(III)
Bis(8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline)-(4-phenylphenoxy)aluminum Bis[2-(1-isoquinolinyl-N)phenyl-C](2,4-pentanedionato-O2,O4)iridium(III) Bis[2-(2-benzothiazolyl)phenolato]zinc(II) Bis[2-(2-benzoxazolyl)phenolato]zinc(II)
Bis[2-(2-pyridinyl)phenolato]beryllium Bis[2-(2-pyridinyl-N)phenyl-C](2,4-pentanedionato-O2,O4)iridium(III) Bis[2-(4,6-difluorophenyl)pyridinato-C2,N](picolinato)iridium(III) Boron Carbide Nanoparticles
Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots Cadmium Selenide/Cadmium Sulfide Quantum Dots Cadmium Selenide/Zinc Sulfide Quantum Dots Cadmium Sulfide Quantum Dots
Cadmium Telluride Quantum Dots Carbon Quantum Dots CdSe/CdS Quantum Rods CdSeTe/ZnS Quantum Dots
Cerium Acetate Cerium(III) Phosphate Cerium(III) Phosphate Sputtering Target Cerium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet
Cesium Lead Bromide Copper Foil Copper Phthalocyanine Fused Quartz Powder
Fused Quartz Tube Gallium Indium Eutectic Gallium Oxide Powder Gold Tin Alloy
Graphene Quantum Dots Hafnium Acetylacetonate Hafnium Carboxyethyl Acrylate Indium Gallium Nitride
Indium Gallium Nitride Sputtering Target Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Indium Phosphide/Zinc Sulfide Quantum Dots Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)
Indium Zinc Oxide (IZO) Lanthanum Pellets Lead Selenide Quantum Dots Lead Sulfide Quantum Dots
Lithium Metasilicate Magnesium-Doped Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots Manganese-Doped Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots Manganese-Doped Zinc Selenide Quantum Dots
Molybdenum Boats Molybdenum Crucibles Molybdenum Furnace Components Molybdenum Glass Melting Electrodes
Molybdenum Yttrium Ribbon Perovskite Quantum Dots Platinum Octaethylporphyrin Platinum-coated Molybdenum Ribbon
Platinum-coated Molybdenum Wire Platinum-coated Tungsten Wire Poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl), Regioregular Polycrystalline Silicon
Potassium-doped Tungsten Wire Ruthenium Wire Scandium Oxide Powder Si-OMeTPA
Silicon Carbide Silicon Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nitride Nanoparticles Silicon Nitride Powder
Silicon Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Silver Nanoparticles Silver Paste Silver-Exchanged Zeolite
Strontium Aluminate Strontium Aluminate Sputtering Target Strontium Aluminate, Sr3Al2O6 Strontium Aluminate, Sr4Al14O25
Strontium Dendritic Pieces Strontium Gallium Sulfide Strontium Pieces Thallium Nitrate
Thallium Nitrate Nanoparticles Thallium(I) Iodide Tin Antimony Alloy Tin Powder
Tin Silver Copper Alloy Tin(II) 2,3-naphthalocyanine Titanium(IV) Oxide Titanyl Phthalocyanine
Trimethylindium Trioctylphosphine Selenide Tris(1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) Bis(hexafluorophosphate) Tris(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionato)europium(III)]
Tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)erbium(III) Tris(acetylacetonato)(1,10-phenanthroline)europium(III) Tris(acetylacetonato)(1,10-phenanthroline)terbium(III) Tris(dibenzoylmethane) Mono(5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline)europium(lll)
Tris(dibenzoylmethane)mono(1,10-phenanthroline)europium Tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum Tris[1-phenylisoquinoline-C2,N]iridium(III) Tris[2-(4-n-hexylphenyl)quinoline)]iridium(III)
Tris[2-(benzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)pyridinato-C3,N]iridium(III) Tris[2-(p-tolyl)pyridine]iridium(III) Tris[2-phenylpyridinato-C2,N]iridium(III) Tungsten Crucibles
Tungsten Wire Vanadyl Phthalocyanine Ytterbium Oxide Tablets Yttrium Aluminum Oxide Sputtering Target
Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Yttrium Oxysulfide Yttrium Powder
Zinc Cadmium Selenide/Zinc Sulfide Quantum Dots Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots
Zinc Selenide Pieces Zinc Selenide/Zinc Sulfide Quantum Dots Zirconium Carboxyethyl Acrylate ZnCdSeS alloyed Quantum Dots
ZnCuInS/ZnS Quantum Dots [Ir(dFCF3ppy)2-(5,5’-dCF3bpy)]PF6