American Elements

Company Background

American Elements, based out of Los Angeles, California, focuses on material science and its industrial applications (1). American Elements' California location is focused on  marketing and sales with manufacturing in China. Also mentions that the company sells quantum dots and nanoparticles (2).

Position in the Nanotechnology Value Chain

The primary service of American Elements is to manufacture and engineer materials. This makes their most appropriate place in the value chain at the Nanoscale Materials level. American Elements sells carbon nanotubes (SWNT, DWNT, and MWNT) and other nanoparticles. American Elements is directly involved in the materials and manufactured products industry, but its products are used in a broad range of industries, from energy and electronics to green technologies and cosmetics (1a).

Environmental Efforts

American Elements added a division to their Research and Development department to support initiatives in the areas of Green Technology and Alternative Energy (3). The new department focuses on helping customers to understand cutting edge technology in respect to green and alternative energy materials (3).

Strategic Partnerships

American Elements and the Nanometals™ Group developed a spin-off division to focus on the production, sales, and marketing of quantum dots (4). With its ability to produce high-tech quantum dots because of its control of several necessary semiconductor materials, the collaboration is able to produce nanoparticles with peak emission frequencies between approximately 470 and 730 nm wavelengths (4).

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  1. American Elements (2012). Retrieved on June 25, 2012 from
  2. CADTSC (2009). Nano-material Company Visits Report: Office of Chief Scientist; Department of Toxic Substances Control.  Retrieved on June 28, 2012 from
  3. AZoNano (2007, September 4). “American Elements Forms new Group to Deal with Quantum Dots.” Retrieved on July 12, 2012
  4. AZoNano (2007, December 4). “Novel New Process for the Large Scale Production of Surface Functionalized Nanoparticles from American Elements.” Retrieved on July 12, 2012
  5. AZoNano (2009, June 30). “American Elements Further Expands Bismuth Telluride Production Facilities to Meet Demand from Computer Chip Manufacturers.” Retrieved on July 12, 2012
  6. Nanowerk (2008, December 4). “American Elements Establishes Green Technology and Alternative Energy R+D Support Department.” Retrieved on July 18, 2012
  7. AZoNano (2008, August 29). “American Elements Announces New Nanoscale Indium Powder for Next Generation Transparent Anti-Static Coatings.” Retrieved on July 12, 2012