American Elements produces a full line of state of the art and traditional wastewater 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 provides funds to support water conservation and groundwater remediation research programs at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) in Los Angeles, CA.

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 buildup 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 chloride 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

In 2012, American Elements sold their supply business and licensed the name Phosbuster to another company in the industry. Phosbuster is now used globally by municipalities from Milan, Italy to Los Angeles, California to control phosphate build up in their treatment plants and can also be purchased by retail consumers 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 Anhydrous, Powder Calcium Chloride Dihydrate Calcium Chloride Hexahydrate Calcium Chloride Hydrate
Calcium Chloride Pearls Calcium Chloride Solution Calcium Hydroxide Calcium Hypochlorite
Calcium Nitrate Tetrahydrate Calcium Peroxide Copper Sulfate Solution Copper(II) Oxide
Copper(II) Sulfate Pentahydrate Dicalcium Silicate Ferric Chloride Ferrous Chloride
Gadolinium Chloride Anhydrous Gadolinium Chloride Solution Gadolinium Nitrate Gadolinium Nitrate Hexahydrate
Gadolinium Nitrate Pentahydrate Gadolinium Nitrate Solution Iron Chloride Solution Iron Nanoparticle Dispersion
Iron Nanoparticles Iron Sulfate Solution Iron(II) Chloride Iron(II) Chloride Hydrate
Iron(II) Sulfate Heptahydrate Iron(III) Chloride Lanthanum Carbonate Lanthanum Chloride Solution
Lanthanum Chloride, Anhydrous Lanthanum Sulfate Lanthanum Sulfate Solution Lanthanum(III) Chloride Hydrate
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate Magnesium Hydroxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Magnesium Oxide Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate
Manganese Dioxide Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate Methylammonium Chloride Nickel Sulfate
Nickel Sulfate Anhydrous Nickel Sulfate Solution Nickel(II) Chloride Hexahydrate Nickel(II) Chloride Hydrate
Potassium Chloride Solution Potassium Ethylxanthate Potassium Fluoride Potassium Hydroxide
Potassium Hydroxide Flake Potassium Hydroxide Hydrate Potassium Hydroxide Pellets Potassium Isopropylxanthate
Potassium Permanganate Silica Gel Silicon Dioxide Sodium Acetate
Sodium Acetate Solution Sodium Acetate Trihydrate Sodium Acetate, Anhydrous Sodium Aluminate
Sodium Bicarbonate Sodium Bisulfite Sodium Borohydride - Sodium Hydroxide Solution Sodium Carbonate
Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate Sodium Carbonate Monohydrate Sodium Carbonate, Anhydrous Sodium Chloride
Sodium Chloride Solution Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate Sodium Gluconate 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 Dibasic Dodecahydrate Sodium Phosphate Monobasic Dihydrate Sodium Phosphate Tribasic Anhydrous Sodium Pyrophosphate Tetrabasic
Sodium Silicofluoride Sodium Sulfite Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate Sodium Tetraborate Pentahydrate
Sodium Thiosulfate Anhydrous Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate Sodium Thiosulfate Solution Tetramethylammonium Chloride
Titanium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Titanium(IV) Oxide, Brookite Nanopowder Tributylmethylammonium Chloride
Tricaprylylmethylammonium Chloride Tunable Nanoporous Carbon Ultra Dry Calcium Chloride Ultra Dry Sodium Chloride
Zero Valent Iron Powder Zinc Chloride Zinc Chloride Solution Zinc Dihydrogen Phosphate
Zinc Phosphate Zinc Phosphate Hydrate Zinc Phosphate Sputtering Target Zinc Phosphate Tetrahydrate
Zinc Sulfate Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate Zinc Sulfate Hydrate Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate
Zinc Sulfate Solution