American Elements supplies NASA, Space X and Blue Origin, as well as their secondary and tertiary subcontractors such as Raytheon and Teledyne, with materials compatible with the extreme conditions of space including iridium parts, ultra high purity alloys, refractory metals, and state-of-the-art coating systems.

We comply with AS9000 and AS9100 standards to assure we meet the most stringent safety and quality requirements. More recently, American Elements has become a supplier of materials to the SpaceX program with high technology refractory alloys such as Molybdenum TZM.

Question? Speak to an American Elements engineer at space@americanelements.com

Innovation Case Study #1: American Elements Develops Additives to Produce Ultra White Coating for Satellite Applications

#1: American Elements Develops Additives to Produce Ultra White Coating for Satellite Applications


The Challenge

Space poses possibly the most difficult challenges to materials scientists. Solar radiation, intense UV light and wide temperature ranges test the limits of structural materials and coatings. Preventing UV light damage is in large part controlled by the “whiteness” of the coating system which deflects UV radiation.

The Innovation

When NASA contractors sought to develop a new generation of space-grade coatings for telecommunications satellites, they turned to American Elements to produce ultra-high purity forms of certain oxide compounds such as gallium, aluminum and zinc which share the property of extreme whiteness. We synthesized space-grade forms of each oxide in certified 99.999% purity and formulated custom blends to optimize the material.

The Result

A next generation coating system was developed in 2010 and is currently in use on several U.S. launched satellites to provide exceptional resistance to intense UV light exposure.
Below is merely a selection of the full catalog of Space products that American Elements manufactures. If you do not see a material you're looking for listed, please search the website or contact customerservice@americanelements.com.

Selected Products Supplied to the Space Industry

Zirconium Silicate Sputtering Target (5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% Gallium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Silicon Powder
Aluminum Bars Aluminum Bismuth Alloy Aluminum Flake Aluminum Foam
Aluminum Foil Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Nanopowder Aluminum Magnesium Powder
Aluminum Oxide Foam Aluminum Oxide Powder Aluminum Oxide Wool Aluminum Pellets
Aluminum Rod Aluminum Silicon Foil Aluminum Sputtering Target Aluminum Sulfide Sputtering Target
Aluminum Wire Antimony Powder Barium Fluoride Barium Fluoride Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Beryllium Lump Bismuth Germanate BGO Bismuth Indium Alloy Boron Nitride Micropowder
Boron Powder Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Dispersion Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles Calcium Fluoride Activated by Europium
Calcium Shot Carbon Nanotubes Cerium Oxide Powder Chromium Oxide Powder
Chromium Powder Chromium(II) Chloride Cobalt Block Cobalt Cube
Cobalt Foil Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles Cobalt Pieces Copper Foam
Copper Foil Copper Nanoparticle Dispersion Copper Nanoparticles Copper Powder
Copper Shot Dysprosium Block Dysprosium Cube Dysprosium Fluoride
Dysprosium Foil Fused Quartz Powder Fused Quartz Sputtering Target Gadolinium Block
Gadolinium Cube Gadolinium Foil Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Gadolinium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Gallium Antimonide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Gallium Oxide Powder Germanium Pieces Gold Foil
Gold Pellets Graphite Foil Graphite, Expandable Hafnium Diboride
Hafnium Oxide Powder Holmium(III) Phosphate Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Inconel 718 Powder Indium Wire Iridium Rod Iron Acetate
Iron Metal Powder Iron Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron Nanoparticles Iron Nickel Alloy
Iron Nickel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron Nickel Powder Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron(III) Oxide Nanowires Lanthanum Blocks
Lanthanum Cubes Lanthanum Foil Lanthanum Powder Lanthanum Vanadium Oxide Sputtering Target
Lanthanum-Nickel-Aluminum Alloy Lead Shot Lithium Fluoride Powder Lithium Pieces
Lithium Tantalate Lithium Wire Lutetium Blocks Lutetium Foil
Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Magnesium Plate Maraging Steel
Molybdenum Bars Molybdenum Blocks Molybdenum Carbide Mo2C Molybdenum Disilicide Heating Elements
Molybdenum Foil Molybdenum Granules Molybdenum Pellets Molybdenum Slugs
Molybdenum Tube Nickel Chromium Molybdenum Iron Alloy Nickel Foam Nickel Slugs
Niobium Blocks Niobium Foil Niobium Powder Niobium Rod
Niobium Titanium Sputtering Target Niobium Tube Niobium(IV) Carbide Olivine Powder
Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Rhodium Alloy Sputtering Target Platinum Ribbon Potassium 2-Ethylhexanoate
Potassium Hexacyanomanganate Praseodymium Oxide Powder Praseodymium Plate Rhodium Oxide on Alumina
Ruthenium Oxide Powder Samarium Cobalt Powder Samarium Cobalt SmCo5 Powder Scandium Oxide Powder
Scandium(III) Nitrate Hydrate Silicon Carbide Powder Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nanoparticles
Silicon Pieces Silicon Powder Silver Blocks Silver Cubes
Silver Foil Silver Nanoparticles Silver Ribbon Sodium Borosilicate
Strontium Carbonate Strontium Zirconate Strontium Zirconate Sputtering Target Tantalum Bracket
Tantalum Powder Tantalum Sheet Tantalum Tube Tellurium Oxide Powder
Tin Slugs Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Foil Titanium Aluminum Vanadium Sputtering Target Titanium Foam
Titanium Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles Titanium Pellets Titanium Powder
Titanium Slugs Tungsten Blocks Tungsten Copper Alloy Tungsten Copper Alloy Sputtering Target
Tungsten Foil Tungsten Powder TZM Molybdenum Alloy TZM Molybdenum Alloy Bars
TZM Molybdenum Alloy Plate TZM Molybdenum Alloy Tube TZM Molybdenum Alloy Wire Vanadium Sputtering Target
Ytterbium Plate Ytterbium Powder Yttrium Aluminum Oxide Powder Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia Granule
Zinc Nitride Zinc Nitride Sputtering Target Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zirconium Carbide Zirconium Carbide Sputtering Target Zirconium Diboride Zirconium Diboride Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zirconium Silicate Zirconium Titanium Alloy