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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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