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 since they breakdown 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. After further in situ testing, American Elements launched in 2005, Trifloron™ dry lubricant powder.

The Result

After further in situ testing at several refineries, in 2005 American Elements launched Trifloron™, a new class of high temperature dry lubricant which today is a standard "bolt breakaway" lubricant in oil & gas refineries.

Selected Products Supplied to the Oil & Gas Industry

Aluminum Fluoride, Anhydrous Aluminum Foam Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Barium Chloride Dihydrate
Beryllium-Copper Alloy Bismuth 2-Ethylhexanoate Boric 11 Acid Isotope Calcium Bromide
Calcium Chloride Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles Cerium Hydroxide Cerium Nitrate Hexahydrate
Cesium Formate Cesium Formate Solution CLYC:Ce Scintillation Crystal Cobalt Powder
Cobalt(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Nickel Alloy Copper Nickel Nanoparticles Copper(I) Oxide
Copper(I) Thiocyanate Copper(II) Nitrate Hemi(pentahydrate) Copper(II) Nitrate Hydrate Ethylene Sulfite
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 Phosphorus(III) Chloride Platinum Wire
Potassium Formate Rhenium(VII) Oxide Ruthenium Acetate Ruthenium Powder
Scandium Sputtering Target Silicon Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Silver Nanoparticles 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 Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Nickel Alloy Zirconium Oxide Powder Zirconium Phosphide
Zirconium(IV) Acetate Hydroxide