Li-ion Batteries: Sample Prep Guidelines for Elemental Analysis



Webinar Date/Time: Wed, May 17, 2023 11:00 AM EDT

This webinar will provide practical guidance regarding sample preparation for ICP-OES and ICP-MS analyses and overcoming the challenges presented by battery-related materials.

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Event Overview:

The quality and performance of Li-ion batteries requires elemental analysis of battery components in several steps of the value chain. For example, starting with raw materials, quantitation of the primary elements helps to determine the most appropriate extraction approach. In battery production, it is used to control impurities, as they directly impact the performance and lifespan of the batteries. Elemental analysis is also used during recycling to help purify valuable materials.

Sample preparation is the first fundamental step in ensuring reliable analysis and providing appropriate solutions for both ICP-OES and ICP-MS. Due to the variety of samples and their respective natures, from organic (like graphite) to inorganic (like ores), the sample prep protocol must ensure complete digestion to achieve the high-quality analyses required in this market.
This webinar will address the challenges related to sample preparation by considering several matrices encountered in the Li-ion battery value chain. Practical guidance will be provided for method development by exploring the most critical sample prep factors for ICP-OES and ICP-MS analysis, such as sample mass, temperature, pressure, and acid compatibility. By considering a total-workflow approach to sample prep, additional opportunities for improving lab productivity, quality, and safety will be demonstrated.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The role of sample preparation in elemental analysis of Li-ion battery components
  • How to address the challenges in sample prep for various matrices
  • Practical approaches to method development
  • Key sample prep factors and their impact on ICP-OES and ICP-MS analysis

Who Should Attend:

  • Lab directors
  • Lab managers/supervisors
  • Researchers
  • Chemists/analysts
  • Technicians/research assistants
  • QC/QA managers


Eric Farrell
Product Specialist
Milestone, Inc.

Eric Farrell is the Product Specialist for the digestion and clean chemistry lines at Milestone, Inc. In 2005m, Eric obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Union College with a focus in Inorganic Chemistry. Prior to joining Milestone, he worked in the particle characterization field as a laboratory manager and in domestic and international sales, where he supported sales and applications across all product lines.

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