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 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 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