American Elements supplies NASA and its private contractors, such as Raytheon and Teledyne, with materials compatible with the extreme conditions of space including iridium parts, ultra high purity alloys 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.

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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 currently in use on several U.S. launched satellites to provide exceptional resistance to intense UV light exposure.

Selected Products Supplied to the Space Industry

AeroMat 2017 Conference and Exposition Aluminum Bars Aluminum Bismuth Alloy Aluminum Flake
Aluminum Foam Aluminum Foil Aluminum Magnesium Alloy 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 BaF2 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 Foil Cobalt Pieces Cobalt(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Copper Foam Copper Foil Copper Nanoparticle Dispersion Copper Nanoparticles
Copper Powder Copper Shot Dysprosium Fluoride Dysprosium Foil
Fused Quartz Powder Fused Quartz Sputtering Target 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 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 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 Foil
Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Magnesium Plate Maraging Steel
Molybdenum Bars 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 Foil
Niobium Powder Niobium Rod Niobium Titanium Sputtering Target Niobium Tube
Niobium(IV) Carbide Olivine Powder Platinum Rhodium Alloy Platinum Ribbon
Potassium 2-Ethylhexanoate Potassium Hexacyanomanganate Praseodymium Oxide Powder Praseodymium Plate
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 Foil Silver Nanoparticles
Silver Ribbon Sodium Borosilicate Strontium Carbonate Strontium Zirconate
Strontium Zirconate Sputtering Target 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 Copper Alloy 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 Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zirconium Carbide Zirconium Carbide Sputtering Target
Zirconium Diboride Zirconium Silicate Zirconium Titanium Alloy

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