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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TechniqueAsset TypeAsset Title
Electron Microscopy, IC, ICP-OES, GC-MS, microCT, Raman, Spectroscopy, Spectrometry, XPSApplication Note Compendium Chemical, Elemental and Structural Analysis of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Electron Microscopy, microCT, NMR, Spectroscopy, Spectrometry, Rheometry and Extrusion, Viscometry, XRD, XRFBrochure Analytical Solutions for Improved Battery and Energy Storage Products
EDS, FTIR, Mass Spectrometry, Raman, XPSPresentation From Surface To Cell: Understanding the Lithium Ion Battery
EDS, WDSWebinar
EDXRFApplication Note Analysis of Automotive Catalytic Converter to Determine Precious Metal Content
EDXRFApplication Note Analysis of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) Solar Cells with EDXRF
EDXRF, XRDApplication Note Investigation of a CIGS Solar Cell with XRD and EDXRF
FIB, SEMPoster 3D Imaging of Energy Materials Poster: Batteries and Fuel Cells
Mass SpectrometryBlog Post Lithium-Ion Battery Failure Analysis
microCTApplication 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
WDXRFApplication Note Total Chloride Analysis in Catalysts using WDXRF
XPSApplication Note Analysis of Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries
XPSApplication Note  Compositional XPS Analysis of a Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cell
XPSApplication Note  Characterization of Thin Gold Layers on Steel Separators for Fuel Cell Applications 
XPSApplication Note  K-Alpha: Mapping of the Work Function of a Damaged Solar Cell
XPSApplication Note  Surface Chemical-State Analysis of Metal Oxide Catalysts
XPSApplication Note  Studying the Oxidation of a Cobalt-based Catalyst using XPS
XPSApplication Note  XPS Characterization of a Membrane Electrode Assembly from a Proton Exchange Fuel Cell
XPSApplication Note  Spectroscopic Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Material with XPS
XPSApplication Note XPS Characterization of a Membrane Electrode Assembly from a Proton Exchange Fuel Cell
XRDApplication Note Investigation of Ni on Si Thin Film with ARL EQUINOX 100 X-ray Diffractometer

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
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