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 Octamolybdate Ammonium Perrhenate Barium Chloride Dihydrate Beryllium-Copper Alloy
Beryllium-Copper Alloy Sputtering Target 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 Oxide-Molybdenum Oxide on Alumina
Cobalt Powder Copper Nickel Alloy Copper Nickel Alloy Powder Copper Nickel Nanoparticles
Copper(I) Oxide Copper(I) Oxide Sputtering Target 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 Iridium Acetate 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) Carbonate Octahydrate 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 Carbonate Solution Potassium Formate Rhenium(VII) Oxide Ruthenium Powder
Ruthenium(III) Acetate 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 Hydride Slurry 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
Vanadyl Oxalate Solution 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 Nickel Alloy Powder Zirconium Oxide Powder
Zirconium Phosphide Zirconium(IV) Acetate Hydroxide