Tips and Tricks for Optimizing Sample Preparation and Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Components


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Wed, Sep 21, 2022 11:00 AM EDT | 10am CDT | 8am PDT Learn about trends in Li-Ion battery manufacturing and tips and tricks to streamline elemental analysis of anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials.

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Event Overview:

Early research in rechargeable lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries stretches back as far as the 1960s with the first commercially available rechargeable battery becoming available in 1991. With the more recent onset of cellular telephones, electronic wearables, and electric vehicles, along with the drive toward green energy, there has been increasing interest in Li-ion battery technology that can provide greater energy density as well as greater safety and stability. This research has led to the development of many new anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials, all of which require elemental testing to verify purity and trace element content. We will deliver a broad overview of Li-ion battery architecture and the raw materials that go into them, a discussion of digestion techniques for battery materials, a review of data collected from ICP-OES analysis of digested battery materials, and tips and tricks to improve the quality of your battery-related elemental analysis.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of Li-Ion battery components
  • Tips for digesting anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials
  • Trace element content and component purity analysis by ICP-OES

Who Should Attend:

  • Metals analysis lab managers, chemists, and technicians involved in trace metals testing
  • Lab managers and lab technicians looking to optimize heavy metals analysis of Li-Ion batteries
  • Lab directors and commercial lab managers looking to increase sample throughput


Macy Harris

Applications Chemist
CEM Corporation

Macy Harris graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She joined CEM shortly after graduating in 2017 where she brought her experience from a leading global plastics manufacturer to assist in the development and testing of the disposable Teflon products for the MARSXpress line. Macy works closely with customers to develop digestion methods for challenging samples, and solve difficult sample preparation issues. She is instrumental in providing supporting to current and potential customers in all industry areas. Macy is an active member of the AAPFCO Methods Forum Group and the American Chemical Society.

Greg Gilleland
Application Scientist
Agilent Technologies, Inc.

After completing his studies at Colorado School of Mines, Greg Gilleland began his atomic spectroscopy career in 1987 in Colorado, performing cold-vapor, flame, and graphite furnace AA, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS analysis on waters, soils, and biota. After 14 years in commercial environmental labs, he moved on to a spectroscopy instrument manufacturer where he performed service and sales functions over the course of 11 years. He has been with Agilent Technologies since 2012 in the role of Application Scientist for ICP-OES, MP-AES, and AA products. He has co-authored publications on rare-earth ore analysis, crude oil analysis, and food and beverage authentication. He is a strong advocate of mineral exploration and refining and has supported the SMA, CMA, IPMI, and FSEA.

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