niobium foil and sheets in various thicknesses and sizes for numerous industrial uses.
Niobium is a soft, grayish, ductile, low-temperature transition metal that is characterized by its high melting point and chemical inertness. It has a wide range of applications, including the manufacture of niobium-zirconium, niobium-titanium, and niobium-tungsten alloys that are used in the production of superconducting magnets for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.
Its properties make it suitable for use in a variety of high-temperature and corrosive applications, especially where anodization is desired. It is also used for manufacturing diamond tools and deep draw applications in the jewelry industry, as well as in colorized jewelry where iridescence is an important feature.
The niobium and zirconium alloys are particularly useful in the manufacturing of jet engine components, rocket subassemblies, turbo charger systems, and heat resisting and combustion equipment, where strength at high temperatures is a critical factor. It is also a preferred material for medical implants due to its ability to aid osseointegration, which occurs when bone tissue adheres to the metal.
In addition, niobium has the lowest capture cross section of any element for thermal neutrons and is a good choice for nuclear industries. It is not susceptible to corrosion by most alkalis at room temperature, but is attacked by hydrofluoric acid and hot, concentrated hydrochloric, sulfuric, phosphoric, and nitric acids.
American Elements produces niobium foil and sheets in various forms and purities to meet demanding application requirements. We cast, sputter, evaporate, and produce materials by crystallization, solid state, and other advanced processes, as well as custom fabrications.