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 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 Polycrystalline Silicon Potassium-doped Tungsten Wire Ruthenium Wire
Scandium Oxide Powder 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 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