Our technologies support every step of battery development, including raw material extraction and refining, electrode material manufacturing, on-line quality verification in the production line, and material recovery in battery recycling, as well as next-generation battery research. Power your advancements with our comprehensive portfolio of analytical instruments, software, and related tools and technologies, including inductively coupled plasma-optimal emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), high-pressure ion chromatography (HPIC), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry systems.

Our analytical solutions enable you to be more productive and to gain more insights to improve battery safety and longevity, decrease charging time, and boost power output. Our chromatography and mass spectrometry solutions offer:

  • Reliable, robust, and sensitive electrolyte composition and purity confirmation
  • Identification of electrolyte degradation products and elucidation of degradation pathways
  • Superior stability for quantifying major cathode material elements, including lithium, nickel, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and cobalt
  • Fast, accurate and precise detection of trace elemental impurities in battery component materials
  • Elemental and organic component analysis for battery aging, charge – discharge cycle performance and safety testing
  • Reproducible, high-quality results

From research and development, through quality control of raw materials and components, to battery testing and recycling, Thermo Fisher Scientific provides comprehensive analytical technologies, service and support to help you build better batteries.

 

Research

Processes: Novel electrode material research, electrolyte, cathode and anode material degradation studies, failure analysis for scrap reduction, exploring battery material recycling methods, development of next generation technologies, such as solid state and sodium ion batteries

Analytical need: Material elemental and organic composition and purity characterization, examination of causes of battery failure and defect investigation, evaluation of novel electrode and electrolyte materials

Mining and mineral processing

Mining and mineral processing

Processes: Mined material processing, refined product purity analysis, quality assurance and control, environmental emission monitoring and control

Analytical need: Bulk process and quality control (QC), mineral, ore, and brine analysis for lithium and impurity element content, composition and purity control of raw nickel, cobalt, manganese materials plus graphite, silicon and composite anode materials

Battery component materials QC

Battery component materials QC

Processes: Cathode active material and anode material production, electrolyte production, slurry solvent purity testing and electrode slurry formulation testing

Analytical need: Elemental and organic solvent composition and purity testing of cathode, electrolyte and anode materials, electrode manufacturing process control, electrode slurry formation quality assurance and control

Quality assurance and quality control

Quality assurance and quality control

Processes: Performance testing, failed battery material rejection, battery calendar and charge / discharge cycle aging studies

Analytical need: Analysis of electrolyte degradation products, elemental quantitation and purity of cathode and anode materials, organic component measurement in electrolyte solutions, and investigation of separator degradation products in failed and aged battery cells.

Recycling

Recycling

Processes: Screening incoming material, battery metals recovery, composition and purity testing of recycled material to ensure that it’s battery grade quality

Analytical need: Elemental content screening of incoming feedstock materials to determine the battery chemistry and to optimise the recycling process, elemental composition and purity testing of final recycled and purified products, waste screening and effluent monitoring

As lithium-ion batteries become more advanced, so do the manufacturing processes required to create them. We offer a broad range of tools and instruments, including ion chromatography, elemental analysis, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, that enable the production of advanced battery technology.

Maximize your instrument uptime with superior services and support.

There’s no time for downtime in your lab. Customers worldwide who depend on maximum availability of lab instruments for critical operations choose the Unity Lab Services Premier service plan to minimize disruption and stay focused on production.

Features of the Premier service plan include:

  • Two-business-day, on-site response time for corrective maintenance to minimize downtime
  • Unlimited enhanced technical support with immediate response, featuring remote resolution of more than 35% of issues with our remote repair services
  • Proactive annual preventive instrument maintenance that increases uptime
  • Semiannual service consultations delivered by highly experienced and certified service managers

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