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.

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 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 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 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 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 Yttrium Sputtering Target
Zinc Acetylacetonate Zinc Acetylacetonate Hydrate Zinc Nitrate Zinc Nitrate Hexahydrate
Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Nickel Alloy Zirconium Oxide Powder
Zirconium Phosphide Zirconium(IV) Acetate Hydroxide