ProChem, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Reno Novak, president, as a high purity inorganic chemical manufacturing company.  For the past 30 years, ProChem has been supplying many industries with high purity metal oxides, rare earth oxides, and other inorganic compounds.  With over 60 years of experience in synthesizing new products, and a philosophy which centers on flexibility and service, we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ needs.  

ProChem, Inc. originated by specializing in the synthesis and purification of inorganic and organometallic chemical compounds. These chemicals went directly into many commercial applications such as semiconductors (computer chips), lasers, ceramics, and medical technology applications.

ProChem began working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) in 1988 and through this collaborative effort began producing the highest purity Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate (KDP) available. Our high purity KDP enables LLNL to grow crystals bigger and faster than was previously possible.  ProChem supplies high purity KDP as a starting material to LLNL.  This material is used to grow the KDP crystals for the National Ignition Facility (NIF).Optical Crystals grown by LLNL are 450 kg when completed.

Optical Crystals grown by LLNL are 450 kg when completed.
Optical Crystals grown by LLNL are 450 kg when completed.

ProChem operates from a manufacturing site that encompasses over 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space. We manufacture at our facility in the US and responsibly source and test our raw materials to make sure that they are of the best quality possible.

ProChem uses 50, 100, and 200 gallon glass-lined reactors for high purity chemical production.  ProChem has a hot oil system that can be utilized for high temperature reactions up to 230 degrees Celsius. 

ProChem has in house analytical capabilities that minimize the time in between synthesis and shipping.  This includes ICP-OES, AA, GC, FTIR and HPLC capabilities.  In addition, we use specialized outside contract analytical laboratories for ultra-high purity analysis like ICP-MS for parts per billion (ppb) and parts per trillion (ppt) trace analysis and XRD for conformational analysis. 

Our Product Line:

  • High Purity Inorganic Salts
  • Precious Metal Chemicals
  • Rare Earth Chemicals
  • Metal Foils, Powders, and Shot
  • Metal and Rare Earth Acetates
  • Metal and Rare Earth Carbonates
  • Metal and Rare Earth Oxalates
  • Metal and Rare Earth Oxide, Nitrates, and Sulfates
  • Metal Alkoxides
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Electronic Grade Chemicals
  • Metal and Rare Earth Halides
  • ACS Reagent Salts
  • Biochemicals
  • Biotinylation Reagents
  • Heterobifunctional Crosslinking Reagents
  • Homobifunctional Crosslinking Reagents
  • Photoreactive Phenyl Azides
  • Polyethylene Glycol Crosslinkers
  • Iodination Reagents
  • Protein Modifiers

In addition to producing a wide range of products, ProChem, Inc. is dedicated to having the flexibility to offer custom services such as increasing production capabilities as need increases for products, offering and dedicated reactors for products with critical specifications, increased quality specifications and specific metal impurity reduction, special product packaging, and/or custom blending and tolling.

Our Customers Include:

  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • ATMI
  • Alfa Aesar
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Bayer
  • Apollo Scientific 
  • Dow Corning
  • Coherent Crystals
  • Siemens Diagnostics
  • Merck
  • Inrad Optics
  • PPG Industries
  • CRI Catalyst
  • Alcoa Corporation
  • Acros Organics
  • Integrated Photonics
  • Coherent Crystals
  • J & K Chemical
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
  • Motorola
  • IBM
  • Sandia National Laboratories 
  • Oakridge National Laboratories 
  • Micron Technologies
  • 3M
  • Shell Chemical
  • BASF
  • Air Products

At ProChem, Inc. the customer is first and “WE REACT.”

ProChem also gives back.  We support local and national charities.

ProChem, Inc. has been a constant supporter of:

  • St. Jude’s Children Hospital
  • World Wildlife Federation
  • The Humane Society
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind
  • Nature Conservatory
  • PAWS Humane Society
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

ProChem, Inc. is located 60 miles northwest of Chicago.

Ordering Information

Orders can be placed online through our website, via phone at (800) 795-8788, faxed to (815) 398-1788, or emailed to  Once our sales team receives your order you will receive an order confirmation via fax or email which will provide you with an estimated ship date and confirm pricing.   If credit card information is needed to complete the order, a customer service representative will call to obtain this information.  Credit card information cannot be given through our website at this time.  We prefer to review all orders and confirm pricing before receiving this information.  Credit card orders will be charged at the time of shipment.  All order information, credit card information, and company data submitted to us will be kept completely confidential and secure.

Due to the potential hazards and liabilities involved with handling chemicals, ProChem, Inc. only sells to verifiable companies. If you are ordering for the first time, your order will go through a verification process before it is filled. All shipments must be made to a business address. ProChem, Inc. does not ship to residential addresses.

There are minimum order requirements for international orders.  After placing your order, you will be contacted to confirm that your order will meet the minimum requirements for shipping and then we can proceed with your order.

Payment Terms

ProChem, Inc. payment terms are net 30 days with approved credit.  If you are placing an order for the first time, you will be required to pay in advance for the first shipment until credit can be established.  Once this is completed an account will be created so you may place orders on an open account.

Payment can be made via company check, wire transfer, or credit card. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted at this time. This credit card must be a corporate card.  No personal credit cards can be accepted. We cannot ship orders COD or accept personal checks.  If you wish to pay via wire transfer or ACH you can request banking information by emailing your request to  Payment should be made in US dollars either by wire transfer or a check drawn from a US bank.

We make the best effort possible to keep our posted prices current. However, ProChem, Inc. reserves the right to make price changes as necessary without formal notice.  All pricing is subject to confirmation at the time the order is placed.

Shipping Terms

ProChem, Inc. will ship your order according to the method of shipment as indicated by your order or our team will select the most suitable method for shipment based on the product, hazard class, packaging, and the date the product is required to be delivered to your door.  We make every effort to utilize only reliable and reputable transportation companies to make sure that your order is delivered safely and on time.  For truck or bulk shipments, we request that you provide the freight company of your choice and we will send the shipment freight collect on your account.  For standard ground shipments, the shipping charges can be prepaid and added to your invoice unless you prefer to use your shipping account and we can send the material collect.

Conditions and Warranty

All products listed are for chemical and investigational use only in recognized laboratories.  They are not to be used for food, drug, or clinical use in humans.

ProChem, Inc. warrants that its products are of merchantable quality at the time of sale.  There is not a warranty expressed or implied, as to the fitness of these products for any particular purpose.  ProChem, Inc.’s sole obligation is to replace the product without charge or to refund the purchase price.  In no event shall we be liable for incidental or consequential damages.  The listing of a material does not constitute a license to, or a recommendation for, its use in infringement of any patent.  

No return shipments will be accepted without prior permission and instruction being obtained.  If an error is made in placing or filling the order, please advise us promptly so that we may take the proper action.  No return goods or claims will be allowed beyond 60 days after shipment is made.  No cancellations will be allowed on special order and custom made materials.