American Elements produces a full line of state of the art and traditional water treatment and site remediation chemicals to aid in the management of water sources including industrial wastewater, municipal water facilities, nuclear reactors, groundwater and soils contamination, and swimming pool & spa applications. Products aid in corrosion & scaling prevention, coagulation & flocculation, phosphate removal and pH adjustment. American Elements maintains industrial scale production for all its water treatment and maintenance products. Additionally, American Elements provides customer guidance on topics such as dosing, water analysis, treatment chemical formulation and material safety data.

American Elements' Phosbuster™ line of phosphate removal is the one of the first products to use lanthanum as a binding agent in order to reduce phosphate levels into the parts per billion range. American Elements Heavy Water Gadolinium Nitrate solution is the first of its kind to permit the use of gadolinium as a neutron getter during nuclear vessel clean out without contamination of the deuterium cooling water.

Innovation Case Study #16: American Elements Invents Phosphate Removal Chemical for Municipalities

#16: American Elements Invents Phosphate Removal Chemical for Municipalities


The Challenge

Phosphate build up is a challenge to any municipal water treatment plant handling agricultural or industrial waste streams that often contain phosphate bearing nutrients, cleaning solutions and solvents. Phosphates are difficult to treat and remove.


The Innovation

In 2005, American Elements developed a line of powders and solutions based on the unique ability of lanthanum to absorb phosphates at the parts per billion levels. After optimization American Elements constructed a bulk production facility and launched the product in May 2006 under the trade name Phosbuster™.


The Result

Phosbuster is now used globally by municipalities from Milan, Italy to Los Angeles, California to control phosphate build up in their treatment plants. Retail consumers can also purchase Phosbuster for use in home pools and spas.

Selected Products Supplied to the Water Treatment Chemicals Industry

Aluminum Chloride Aluminum Chloride Solution Aluminum Sulfate Hydrate
Calcium Carbonate Calcium Chloride Calcium Chloride Dihydrate
Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate Calcium Chloride Pearls Calcium Chloride Powder
Calcium Chloride Solution Calcium Hydroxide Calcium Hypochlorite
Calcium Nitrate Tetrahydrate Calcium Oxide Copper Sulfate
Copper Sulfate Solution Copper(II) Oxide Copper(II) Sulfate Pentahydrate
Ferric Chloride Ferrous Chloride Gadolinium Chloride Anhydrous
Gadolinium Chloride Solution Gadolinium Nitrate Gadolinium Nitrate Hexahydrate
Gadolinium Nitrate Solution Iron Chloride Solution Iron Nanoparticles
Iron Sulfate Solution Iron(II) Chloride Iron(II) Sulfate Heptahydrate
Lanthanum Carbonate Lanthanum Chloride Solution Lanthanum Chloride, Anhydrous
Lanthanum Sulfate Lanthanum Sulfate Solution Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate
Magnesium Hydroxide Magnesium Hydroxide Nanopowder Magnesium Oxide
Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate Nickel Sulfate
Nickel Sulfate Anhydrous Nickel Sulfate Solution Nickel(II) Chloride Hexahydrate
Potassium Chloride Solution Potassium Fluoride Potassium Hydroxide
Potassium Hydroxide Flake Potassium Hydroxide Pellets Potassium Permanganate
Silicon Dioxide Sodium Acetate Sodium Acetate Solution
Sodium Acetate Trihydrate Sodium Acetate, Anhydrous Sodium Aluminate
Sodium Bicarbonate Sodium Bisulfite Sodium Carbonate
Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate Sodium Carbonate Monohydrate Sodium Carbonate, Anhydrous
Sodium Chloride Sodium Chloride Solution Sodium Hydrogen Sulfate
Sodium Hydroxide Solution Sodium Hydroxide, Anhydrous Sodium Hypochlorite Solution
Sodium Metabisulfite Sodium Perborate Monohydrate Sodium Perborate Tetrahydrate
Sodium Permanganate Sodium Permanganate Monohydrate Sodium Permanganate Solution
Sodium Phosphate Dibasic Sodium Phosphate Monobasic Dihydrate Sodium Phosphate Tribasic Anhydrous
Sodium Pyrophosphate Tetrabasic Sodium Silicofluoride Sodium Sulfite
Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate Sodium Thiosulfate Anhydrous Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate
Sodium Thiosulfate Solution Titanium Oxide Nanopowder Tunable Nanoporous Carbon
Ultra Dry Calcium Chloride Ultra Dry Sodium Chloride Zinc Chloride
Zinc Chloride Solution Zinc Phosphate Zinc Sulfate
Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate Zinc Sulfate Solution