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.

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

(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 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 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