Pack more power into longer-lasting energy sources

New energy sources, renewable energy, more compact and longer-lasting energy – mankind’s quest to manipulate and control power is endless.

Avenues of investigation surrounding energy often focus on lithium ion batteries, solar cells, photovoltaic cells and other sources of energy storage and conduction. Critical technologies in this field of analysis include Raman and XPS as well as rheometry for the mechanical analysis of electrode coating materials and printing pastes for solar panels.

Popular products for energy-related material analysis

Nexsa X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) System

ESCALAB 250Xi X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) Microprobe

DXR2xi Raman Imaging Microscope

Lithium-Ion battery failure analysis
Lithium-Ion battery failure analysis

Understanding battery failures requires analysis of the three main battery components (cathode, anode and electrolyte), individually and how they interact together as a system.

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Speciation analysis of manganese dissolution product in lithium ion batteries

Learn about the analysis of cycled anode material and the separation of different degradation products, including the identification of manganese dissolution products deposited on the anode surface of an aged manganese-based lithium-ion battery.

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Finding more power in the lithium ion battery

Advance research in multi-user labs

Learn how a group of diverse researchers finish their investigations faster with the Thermo Scientific DXR2 and DXR2xi Raman Microscopes.

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The DXR2xi Raman Imaging Microscope can deliver stunning images almost instantly, and you don't need to be an expert in spectroscopy to use it.

Finding more power in the lithium ion battery

Lithium ion batteries are finding more and more uses in everyday life; it’s likely that you’ve used one already today. They represent a multi-billion dollar industry predicted to grow continually at a healthy pace owing to the popularity of portable electronic devices. People want not only their laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc. to be as lightweight, thin, powerful, and long-lasting as possible, but also their other portable devices such as cordless home improvement tools (drills, saws, sanders), and even their electric and hybrid vehicles.

Lithium ion batteries

And the demands keep growing:

  • Electric vehicles require significantly more battery capacity (lighter, smaller, but longer lasting)
  • People want to use devices longer between charges, and for the devices themselves to last longer
  • Lithium ion batteries are expensive and manufacturers want to reduce costs
  • Safety becomes a concern as people seek ways to reduce the chance of batteries overheating or causing fires
  • The growing amount of used battery materials creates a need to recycle, reuse, and properly dispose of these materials

Materials scientists will need to look at lithium ion batteries and their components, from cathodes and anodes to separators and electrolytes, to satisfy the demand for even more powerful batteries.

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