American Elements is a long standing supplier to numerous oil & gas producers and their refineries, including Shell, Chevron, BP and Exxon Mobil. We also supply starting raw materials to key oil cracking catalyst manufacturers, such as W.R. Grace and the BASF division, formerly the Engelhard Corporation.

Our Trifloron dry film lubricant is now an industry standard for bolt breakaway during oil refinery maintenance.

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Innovation Case Study #24: American Elements Launches First Ultra High Temperature Dry Lubricant

#24: American Elements Launches First Ultra High Temperature Dry Lubricant

The Challenge

Lubricants are critical to all forms of manufacturing, but the most challenging environments are those involving high temperatures and pressures in which most lubricants simply decompose. One such environment is the high temperature operations of oil refineries. Shell Oil sought a lubricant it could coat on its high temperature bolts at its Deer Park, Texas refinery to assure the bolts could be removed during subsequent maintenance programs. Standard industrial lubricants such as molybdenum disulfide were useless because they break down at the temperatures oil refineries operate at.

The Innovation

American Elements’ researchers examined the chemical structures of various lubricant materials and then explored the potential for high temperature materials with similar structures. This led to the discovery that a class of rare earth fluorides shared the hexagonal layered structure that allows molybdenum disulfide to perform as it does. Further experimentation confirmed that this class of material could in fact function as moly sulfide, but at much higher temperatures.

The Result

After further in situ testing at several refineries, in 2005 American Elements launched Trifloron™ , a new class of high temperature dry lubricants which today is a standard "bolt breakaway" lubricant in oil & gas refineries.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Oil & Gas Industry

(Methylcyclopentadienyl)manganese(I) Tricarbonyl Aluminum Fluoride, Anhydrous Aluminum Foam Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Ammonium Perrhenate Barium Chloride Dihydrate Beryllium-Copper Alloy Bismuth 2-Ethylhexanoate
Boric 11 Acid Isotope Calcium Bromide Calcium Chloride Calcium Chloride Anhydrous, Powder
Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles Cerium Hydroxide Cerium(III) Nitrate Hexahydrate Cesium Formate
Cesium Formate Solution Chromium Carbide - Nickel Chromium Composite Powder CLYC:Ce Scintillation Crystal Cobalt Chromium Nickel Iron Molybdenum Manganese Alloy
Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles Cobalt Powder Copper Nickel Alloy Copper Nickel Alloy Powder
Copper Nickel Nanoparticles Copper(I) Oxide Copper(I) Thiocyanate Copper(II) Nitrate Hemi(pentahydrate)
Copper(II) Nitrate Hydrate Ethylene Sulfite Ferrocene Gallium(III) Nitrate Hydrate
Gold Nitrate Solution Graphene Nanoplatelets Graphite Crucibles Hastelloy X Alloy
Indium Powder Invar Alloy Powder Iron Carbide Iron(II) 2-Ethylhexanoate
Iron(II,III) Oxide Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lanthanum Bromide Doped with Cerium
Lanthanum Nitrate Hexahydrate Lanthanum Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Lanthanum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Lanthanum(III) Nitrate Hydrate
Lead Naphthenate Magnesium Acetate Solution Magnesium Chips Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate
Magnesium Ethoxide Magnesium Oxide Powder Molybdenum Naphthenate Molybdenum Octoate
Molybdenum Oxide Powder Molybdenum Sulfide Nickel Aluminate Nickel Aluminum Bronze
Nickel Chromium Iron Molybdenum Alloy Nickel Copper Alloy Nickel Sulfate Nickel Sulfate Anhydrous
Niobium Oxalate Palladium Pellets Perrhenic Acid Phosphorus(III) Chloride
Platinum Wire Poly(oxoaluminum 2-Ethylhexanoate) Potassium Formate Rhenium(VII) Oxide
Ruthenium Acetate Ruthenium Powder Scandium Sputtering Target Silicon Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Silver Nanoparticles Sodium 2-Ethylhexanoate Sodium Acetate Trihydrate Sodium Bicarbonate
Sodium Bromide Sodium Bromide Solution Sodium Carbonate, Anhydrous Sodium Ferrocyanide Decahydrate
Sodium Formate Sodium Gluconate Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous Sodium Tungstate Dihydrate
Stainless Steel Tube Strontium Chloride Hexahydrate Tin Powder Tin(II) Chloride Dihydrate
Titanium Coil Titanium Hydride Titanium Powder Titanium(IV) Oxide Pieces
Titanium(IV) Oxide, Rutile Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium(IV) Oxide, Rutile Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Tungsten Pieces Tungsten Powder
Tungsten(VI) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Tungsten(VI) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Tungsten(VI) Oxide Powder Vanadyl Oxalate
Yttrium Sputtering Target Zinc Acetylacetonate Zinc Acetylacetonate Hydrate Zinc Nitrate
Zinc Nitrate Hexahydrate Zinc Nitrate Tetrahydrate Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zirconium Nickel Alloy Zirconium Oxide Powder Zirconium Phosphide Zirconium(IV) Acetate Hydroxide