Inorganic Technologies for Innovative Applications

Decades of both chemical and engineering experience are what allow GFS to address opportunities in highly specialized custom inorganic chemical manufacturing.  Nearly all of our products are able to be tailored to the exact specifications that our customers require.  GFS doesn’t lot select materials, we engineer our processes to operate consistently and produce the required quality every time.  We believe that vertical process integration is a critical requirement to being an integral part of a secure supply chain to our customers.  Over the years we have integrated a vast majority of the Periodic Table to our offerings, but our products have been built on the back bone of our core technologies outlined below:

Core Inorganic Capabilities 

  • Distillation
  • Crystallization
  • Rotary Vacuum Drying (2.5 ft3 up to 110 ft3)
  • Tray Drying
  • Heavy Metal Production
  • Rare Earth Processing
  • Custom Packaging
  • Packaging of Moisture Sensitive Compounds
  • Reactors ranging from 30 gallon to 2,000-gallon capacity

 

Core Inorganic Chemistries

  • Perchloric Acid & High Purity Perchlorate Salts
  • Rare Earth Chemistry including Cerium, Lanthanum, Yttrium and Gadolinium
  • Nitric Acid & Nitrate Salts
  • Hydrochloric Acid & Chloride Salts
  • Oxalic Acid and Oxalate Compounds
  • Iodic Acid and Associated Compounds (Iodates, Periodates)
  • Heavy Metal Compounds including Mercury, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper and Nickel
  • ACS Reagent Grade Salts and other High Purity Materials

 

Moisture Sensitive Compounds

GFS Chemicals has built a world class reputation in the manufacture of anhydrous materials through the continuous refinement of our moisture control technologies. Our proprietary in-house drying methods have led to the development of numerous value-added anhydrous chemicals for electronics, battery, pharmaceutical, general catalytic, and other specialty applications.  GFS maintains a state of the art, dedicated dry room, located at our manufacturing plant in Columbus Ohio. This dry room is used for handling and packaging of our highly moisture sensitive anhydrous products.  The facility features temperature and atmospheric controls to maintain a dew point under 45 oF and relative humidity of < 1 percent.  Continued process improvements have allowed us to consistently produce metric ton lots of inorganic salts with stringent specifications, including rare earth materials with < 0.1 percent moisture and  lithium salts with moisture levels < 200 parts per million.

Whether you need development quantities, material for a pilot study, require processing of fine or specialty chemicals, or are ready for commercialization and full production leveraging our low moisture product offerings, GFS Chemicals is your chemical drying and packaging partner.

High Purity Acid Distillation

Through proprietary technology developed and refined over 90 years, GFS has perfected our distillation process to produce high purity acids at the reagent grade, parts per billion, and parts per trillion levels of purity. GFS has developed a line of acids for the processing and analysis of lunar samples, to our ultra-high purity acids used for semiconductor application.  This ability also allows the vertical integration of these high purity acids for the manufacture of a wide range of high purity salts, from reagent grade through 99.999% levels of purity, on the bulk scale. Whether you need a 2.5 L bottle of high purity nitric acid for ICP analysis, or 10 metric tons of a high purity nitrate salt for production use, GFS is the perfect fit.

Rare Earth Materials

GFS Chemicals has been manufacturing high purity rare earth salts and solutions at our manufacturing campus in Columbus, OH since the 1950’s. Our decades of experience in sourcing rare earth raw materials, coupled with our manufacturing expertise, make us an invaluable addition to any rare earth supply chain. Whether you are looking for 50 grams of material for use in R&D trials, or metric ton lot sizes for use in a production process, GFS Chemicals has the experience and flexibility to meet your needs.

Oxidation and Catalysis

GFS’ foundation in core chemistries that include Rare Earth compounds, Perchlorates, Nitrates etc. provides an amazingly wide offering of products to fit most any application that requires an oxidizing agent.  GFS was founded on Perchloric Acid, and remains the one of the largest producers of high purity Perchloric Acid in the world.  Our expertise in the production and safe handling of strong oxidizers makes GFS a valuable partner to our customers who realize the importance of process safety and proven chemistry. 

In addition to GFS’ oxidation expertise, our strength in moisture sensitive salts and high purity compounds makes GFS a perfect source for materials used in catalysis.  Reaction rates are critical to our customers, and GFS offers numerous rare earth and transition metal compounds that serve as versatile catalysts in applications ranging from polymer production to downstream support of API’s in Pharmaceutical applications. 

GFS also has several cross functional technical publications to address the use of these types of materials: “The Practical Use of Anhydrous Lithium and Magnesium Perchlorate in Organic Synthesis” and the second edition of “Perchloric Acid and Perchlorates” are just two examples of our books and monographs.

Perchlorate Manufacturing

In its early years, GFS Chemicals focused on the manufacture and sale of perchloric acid and a variety of perchlorate salts. 90 years later, perchlorate chemistry is still the backbone of the Inorganic Manufacturing Division at GFS Chemicals. We are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of perchloric acid. Our expertise in the manufacture of perchloric acid, coupled with our diverse drying technologies and dry room packaging capabilities, makes us the perfect source of anhydrous perchlorate salts as well. We offer anhydrous magnesium perchlorate, sodium perchlorate, lithium perchlorate, and a variety of other anhydrous perchlorates from across the periodic table. These salts find use in a diverse variety of applications, including the use of magnesium perchlorate as a desiccant in instrumental analysis and lithium perchlorate being used as an electrolyte in battery applications.

If you do not find the moisture levels that you require in our standard offerings, we are always open to manufacturing material guaranteed to meet our customers’ custom and confidential specifications for moisture content. Whether your requirements are single bottles or drums in 40’ containers, GFS has your perchloric acid and perchlorate salt demand covered.

Low Trace Metal Salts

Known for our high purity acid distillation capabilities since our acid was chosen by NASA for use in the analysis of lunar samples in the 1960s, GFS has vertically integrated these capabilities into the manufacture of high purity inorganic salts. This vertical integration, coupled with our extensive trace metal analysis capabilities, which include AA, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS instrumentation, make us the perfect choice for your low trace metal grade chemical needs. We are able to deliver everything from 99.9% to 99.999% trace metals basis purity, and even beyond in some cases. Have a custom list of trace metal specifications? Let GFS manufacture a custom and confidential item for you that will meet your exact requirements, every time.