Energy-related Materials

Pack more power into longer-lasting energy sources

Longer-lasting energy sources and batteries continue to be pivotal for many industries, particularly the automotive industry.

Avenues of investigation surrounding energy often focus on lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, fuel cells and other sources of energy storage and conduction. Through application notes and webinars, we’ll demonstrate how to analyze the battery/energy storage component using critical technologies like Raman and XPS. Rheometry can also be utilized for the mechanical analysis of electrode coating materials and printing pastes for solar panels.

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Technique Asset Type Asset Ttitle
Mass Spectrometry Blog Post Lithium-Ion Battery Failure Analysis
Raman  Application note Ex Situ Raman Analysis of Lithium Ion Batteries
EDS, FTIR, Mass Spectrometry, Raman, XPS Presentation From Surface To Cell: Understanding the Lithium Ion Battery
Raman  Application note In situ Raman Analysis of Lithium Ion Batteries
FTIR, Raman  Article Trace Degradation Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components
Raman  Application note Raman Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components – Part I: Cathodes
Raman  Application note Raman Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components – Part II: Anodes
Raman  Application note Raman Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components – Part III: Electrolytes
FIB, SEM Poster 3D Imaging of Energy Materials Poster: Batteries and Fuel Cells
microCT Application Note Uncovering internal structure defects in Lithium Ion Battery Foils
XPS Application Note  Surface Chemical-State Analysis of Metal Oxide Catalysts
XPS Application Note  Studying the Oxidation of a Cobalt-based Catalyst using XPS
XPS Application Note  K-Alpha: Mapping of the Work Function of a Damaged Solar Cell
XPS Application Note  Compositional XPS Analysis of a Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cell
XPS Application Note  Characterization of Thin Gold Layers on Steel Separators for Fuel Cell Applications 
XPS Application Note  XPS Characterization of a Membrane Electrode Assembly from a Proton Exchange Fuel Cell
XPS Application Note  Spectroscopic Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Material with XPS
XPS Application Note Analysis of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries
EDS, WDS Webinar Toward the Quantitative Analysis of Super Light Elements
Raman  Webinar Building Better Batteries: Raman Spectroscopy – An Essential Tool for Evaluating New Lithium Ion Battery Components
Raman  Webinar Characterization of Battery Materials: Test Cases for the Energy Storage of Tomorrow
ICP-MS Webinar Speciation Analysis of Manganese Dissolution Product in Lithium Ion Batteries
Raman  Webinar Role of Raman Spectroscopy in Rechargeable Battery Diagnostics

Presentation: Characterization of materials for new battery development

The EL-CELL company, Hamburg, Germany in conjunction with Thermo Fisher Scientific presents a 40-minuted recorded webinar covering the characterization of electrode and separator materials for new battery development using electrochemical test equipment, including optical test cells used in combination with Raman microscopy in the reflection mode. 

The presentation covers --

Lithium ion batteries

Basics of battery testing

  • Energy content
  • Charging/Discharging
  • Lifetime and ageing
  • Impedance measurements
  • Expansion of electrodes during charge/discharge
  • Safety issues

Testing new battery technologies

  • Lithium-ion
  • Lithium-air
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Other

Two case studies

Two electrode testing measures voltage between the two electrodes and can be used for cycling tests and impedance tests. Three electrode testing uses a reference electrode when it is impossible to differentiate between cathode and anode (half cell) voltages.

Raman measurements of battery test cells using an optical test cell for in-situ Raman spectroscopy of battery test cells. This test shows structural and molecular changes in experimental battery materials during charging over time, and can enable the analysis of lithiation of electrodes over time.

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