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 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 Peroxide
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
Iron(III) Chloride 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 Silica Gel 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 Monohydrate 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