Trace Degradation Analysis of Lithium Ion Battery Electrolytes

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  • Date: Oct 29, 2013 - 14:00 - 15:00 (local time)
  • Presenter: Paul VoelkerThermo
  • Categories: Ion Chromatography / HPLC
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Trace Degradation Analysis of Lithium Ion Battery Electrolytes

Broadcast on October 29, 2013 
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Rechargeable lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are key components for portable electronics, medical devices, industrial equipment, and automobiles. They are lightweight, provide high energy density, and recharge without memory effects. Much research has been spent on improving product safety, cycle life, and product performance, yet understanding fundamental processes and degradation mechanism in LIBs remains a challenge. Understanding key degradation processes can lead to enhancing battery performance, improvements in product safety, and insight into component failure mechanisms.

A decrease in lithium ion battery performance and cycle life results from the interaction between the electrolyte, anode, and cathode. The anode, in particular, undergoes a variety of degradation mechanisms with the electrolyte when catalyzed by contaminants, voltage effects, or elevated temperatures to produce lithium alkyl carbonates, polyphosphates, and other inorganic species. This presentation will discuss how ion chromatography (IC), inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy (ICP–OES), gas chromatography–MS (GC–MS), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and Raman spectroscopy have helped optimize trace organic and inorganic analysis of lithium ion battery electrolytes.

Key Learning Objectives

  • How to choose the appropriate analytical instrument depending on the contaminant or analyte of interest
  • How recognizing a trace contaminant or degradation product can provide insight into the degradation process

Who Should Attend?

  • Producers of lithium ion batteries involved in the areas of raw material testing, formulation analysis, compositional analysis, and QA
  • Researchers interested in improving performance and longevity of lithium ion batteries

Your Presenter

Paul Voelker

Paul Voelker

Global Chem/Petrochem Market Development Manager
CMD Strategic Marketing
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Paul Voelker: Biography

Paul manages the global chemical and petrochemical markets for Thermo Scientifics’ chromatography and mass spectrometry division. He has over 25 years marketing management and lab applications experience in the life science and industrial markets. Paul holds a BS in Chemistry from Cal State University at Hayward and an MS in Chemistry from UC Davis.

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