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 Hydrate 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