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, as well as XRF and XRD. Rheometry can also be utilized for the mechanical analysis of electrode coating materials and printing pastes for solar panels.

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Developing battery and fuel cell materials with Raman spectroscopy

Using Raman Microscopy in electrochemistry for battery and fuel cell storage research.

Analyzing surface chemistry of battery and energy storage materials with XPS techniques

XPS instrument with multi-technique capabilities and high throughput for the analysis of cathodes, anodes and separator materials, such as looking at the surface chemistry of pristine electrodes and comparing to the surface chemistry of used electrodes.


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Technique Asset Type Asset Title
Electron Microscopy, IC, ICP-OES, GC-MS, microCT, Raman, Spectroscopy, Spectrometry, XPS Application Note Compendium  Chemical, Elemental and Structural Analysis of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Electron Microscopy, microCT, NMR, Spectroscopy, Spectrometry, Rheometry and Extrusion, Viscometry, XRD, XRF Brochure  Analytical Solutions for Improved Battery and Energy Storage Products
EDS, FTIR, Mass Spectrometry, Raman, XPS Presentation  From Surface To Cell: Understanding the Lithium Ion Battery
  Webinar
EDS, WDS Webinar
EDXRF Application Note  Analysis of Automotive Catalytic Converter to Determine Precious Metal Content
EDXRF Application Note  Analysis of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) Solar Cells with EDXRF
EDXRF, XRD Application Note  Investigation of a CIGS Solar Cell with XRD and EDXRF
FIB, SEM Poster  3D Imaging of Energy Materials Poster: Batteries and Fuel Cells
FTIR, Raman  Article  Trace Degradation Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components
ICP-MS Webinar
Mass Spectrometry Blog Post  Lithium-Ion Battery Failure Analysis
microCT Application Note  Uncovering Internal Structure Defects in Lithium Ion Battery Foils
Raman  Application note  Ex Situ Raman Analysis of Lithium Ion Batteries
Raman  Application note  In situ Raman Analysis of Lithium Ion Batteries
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
Raman  Webinar
Raman  Webinar
Raman  Webinar
WDXRF Application Note  Total Chloride Analysis in Catalysts using WDXRF
XPS Application Note  Analysis of Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries
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   K-Alpha: Mapping of the Work Function of a Damaged Solar Cell
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   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  XPS Characterization of a Membrane Electrode Assembly from a Proton Exchange Fuel Cell
XRD Application Note  Investigation of Ni on Si Thin Film with ARL EQUINOX 100 X-ray Diffractometer
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Analytical techniques for battery and energy storage characterization

Growth in the global lithium-ion battery market is largely driven by increased usage in electric vehicles, grid storage, and portable consumer electronics where its higher energy density over that of lead-acid batteries is of primary importance. In order to increase performance and to obtain a better understanding of degradation mechanisms further research is required. 

Evaluation of batteries and battery components requires a variety of analytical methods to study bulk materials and component surfaces at various scales.

Our brochure Analytical Solutions for Improved Battery and Energy Storage Products covers the range of materials characterization tools for battery analysis and product formulation. 

This brochure covers the value of several analytical techniques in battery and energy storage research

  • Electron microscopy
  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • Raman microscopy
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Rheology
  • Twin-screw extrusion