Batteries

Battery technology is one of the keys to a carbon-neutral future for our planet. At Oxford Instruments we support battery research and manufacture with a range of analytical and microscopy techniques across the whole value chain. From elucidating the fundamental electrochemical and materials challenges in battery research to providing tools for the quality control of battery anodes, cathodes and electrolytes, we offer leading-edge solutions from our range of electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, NMR and deposition and etch equipment as well as scientific cameras.

Discover how we support across the following areas:

  • Research & Development
  • Raw Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality Control
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Research & Development

The key to successfully addressing research challenges around optimising battery performance, enhancing capacity, maximising power delivery and minimising degradation lies in advanced characterisation techniques that provide quantifiable insights into the materials processes at the nanoscale. Our range of nanoanalytical research tools, ranging from our award-winning Ultim® Extreme EDS system for nanoscale compositional analysis to our in-operando capable Cypher ES atomic force microscope, enable cutting edge insights. Our work with leading research groups in the battery research community and involvement in industry bodies ensures we can support even your most advanced application needs.

Anode & Cathode Materials Research

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Electrolyte & Separator Research

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Operando Battery Research

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Power Electronics and Circuitry Research

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Manufacturing & Quality Control

Manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries and their suppliers face challenging conditions where relatively new technologies need to be scaled up quickly for mass production. With customers in the automotive and electronics industry requiring longer lifetimes, higher capacity, lighter weight and lower cost, the characterisation of raw materials as well as battery components and finished goods play a major role in delivering a high quality product to customers. At Oxford Instruments we provide solutions for different parts of the value chain reaching from the mining of raw materials to the quality control of components, all the way to the failure analysis of batteries.

Raw Materials: Mining & Refinement Solutions

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Quality Control of Liquid Electrolytes

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Quality Control & Failure Analysis of Cathode & Anode materials

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Magnetic Resonance
Optimising battery electrolyte performance & quality with benchtop NMR Watch on demand

Optimising battery electrolyte performance & quality with benchtop NMR

Improving the performance and reliability of next generation batteries relies on optimising the current carrying electrolyte solutions inside them. In this interactive webinar, our applications team highlight why benchtop NMR spectroscopy is so significant from raw materials checking, right through the R&D cycle to quality control in battery manufacturing. 

  • Quantify key components in new formulations including salts and additives
  • Rank performance characterising ionic conductivity, diffusion and transference
  • Quickly spot contaminants in electrolyte production
  • Identify the breakdown products causing failure
NanoAnalysis
Improving Li-Ion battery performance through materials characterisation Watch on demand

Improving Li-Ion battery performance through materials characterisation

Researchers face significant challenges in improving the performance of Lithium ion batteries. This webcast will explore how material characterisation is key to balancing the essential battery qualities of energy density, power density, cost, safety and lifetime.

  • EDS and EBSD can be used for complete structural and compositional characterisation of solid-state battery materials such as anode and cathode materials and solid electrolytes
  • NMR addresses research and quality control questions on liquid electrolytes
  • Operando studies in the AFM can elucidate fundamental processes in Li-ion batteries
NanoAnalysis
Powering The Future Through Nano-Characterisation Watch on demand

Powering The Future Through Nano-Characterisation

The presence of impurities and contaminants in the material used in the production of Li-ion batteries can have catastrophic impacts on the finished battery products with incidents of such failures having been widely reported. As such, monitoring of the quality and cleanliness of materials throughout the production process is essential if contaminants are to be found and their sources controlled.

  • Monitor materials quality throughout the production process
  • Investigate failure mechanisms and develop solutions
  • Characterise Li-based phases for next-generation battery development

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