Rechargeable batteries, based primarily on lithium ion technology, have been a part of everyday life for many years. With the rapidly electric vehicle and static energy storage system industries there is a surge in demand for research, development, and manufacturing of a new generation of enhanced performance batteries. Battery manufacture requires a dedicated supply chain, incorporating the mining and extraction of raw materials, production of purified feedstocks such as lithium hydroxide, cathode active material formulation, electrolyte manufacture, and anode production. In addition, recycling of used batteries and environmental analysis relating to manufacturing and recycling processes is also essential. At every step, elemental analysis plays a vital role in the battery life cycle.

Explore our downloadable publications to discover how Thermo Scientific instruments meet the demands of your battery material analysis.

Learn how to achieve robust, accurate, and precise analysis of your cathode, electrolyte, and anode materials.

Determination of lithium and other elements in brine solutions

Learn how ICP-OES provides the sensitivity and stability to successfully measure high lithium concentrations and low trace element impurity levels in brine solutions.

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Determination of elemental impurities in lithium iron phosphate

See how ICP-OES can measure proportions of lithium, iron and phosphorus in lithium iron phosphate (LFP) and help control trace element impurities ensure battery safety and performance.

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Elemental impurities in LiPF6 electrolyte solutions

Learn how the flexibility and robustness of ICP-OES enables effective analysis of lithium hexafluorophosphate electrolyte solutions to increase battery safety and performance.

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Elemental impurities in graphite powder for battery anodes

Controlling the level of elemental impurities in the anode is important for ensuring safe, reliable and efficient battery operation. Learn how to prepare graphite materials and analyze them for elemental impurities.

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Composition characterization of lithium-rich minerals

ICP-OES is widely used to analyze minerals and ores for major and minor elemental content. Discover how the technique enables robust, multi-element measurement in a single analysis.

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Improved battery performance at MEET

Hear how MEET accesses analytes of interest and quantifies unknown compounds.

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)

Our range of flexible, robust ICP-OES instruments provide fast detection and excellent precision and accuracy for quantifying major battery elements, such as nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium.

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Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP‑MS)

We offer ICP-MS systems ideal for detecting and quantifying chemical degradation in batteries, including identifying metal-based degradation species and elucidating degradation pathways.

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