Rechargeable batteries, currently based primarily on lithium ion technology, have been a part of everyday life for many years. With the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry there is a surge in demand for research, development and manufacture 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, trace elemental analysis plays a vital role in the battery life cycle.

Explore the downloadable publications below to discover how Thermo Scientific trace elemental analysis 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.

Measuring elemental impurities in lithium hexafluorophosphate electrolyte solutions

Most lithium ion batteries use liquid electrolytes containing a mixture of organic carbonate solvents and lithium hexafluorophosphate for lithium ion transport within the battery. If elemental impurities are present at significant concentrations in the electrolyte, battery performance is degraded and safety, particularly with respect to short circuiting and fire risk, can be compromised. Learn how the flexibility and robustness of ICP-OES enables effective analysis of complex electrolyte solutions in this application note.

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