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 Ammonium Zinc 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 Nanoparticle Dispersion 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 Molybdate Dihydrate 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 Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Oxide Nanopowder Tunable Nanoporous Carbon
Ultra Dry Calcium Chloride Ultra Dry Sodium Chloride Zero Valent Iron Powder Zinc Chloride
Zinc Chloride Solution Zinc Phosphate Zinc Sulfate Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate
Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate Zinc Sulfate Solution