With a range of characteristics such as fluid, sheet and powder, their complex balance needs to be assessed, controlled and observed before, during and after assembly.

Lithium-ion battery materials are highly sensitive to air exposure. It’s not feasible to establish an assembly line where the product is isolated from the atmosphere, therefore a glovebox is used that ensures the material is not fragilized during the analysis process.

Several factors are significant in this complex process and we can provide the solution you need.

  • Fine Raw material structure (down to the atomic level)
  • Power coating thickness
  • Internal structure and elemental distribution mappings
  • Homogeneity of solid state electrodes
  • 3D volume analysis
  • Chemical analysis if SEM is not enough

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    Sample preparation equipment for clear structural analysis

    Active material particules

    • Sizing & Shapes
    • Outer grain structrure
    • Surface coating


    • Topography
    • Foreign matter


    • Fibril & pore structure
    • Foreign matter
    • Ceramics coating damage

    Cathode observed on FE-SEM SU5000

    Low-kV study of coating homogenity
    on cathode particle.


    Anode Inspection observed on W-SEM FlexSEM 1000 II

    Foreign particle inclusions

    Critical, as they might punch separators and
    cause failure.


    Separator observed on FE-SEM

    Separators exhibit very beam-sensitive ultra-fine fibril structures, which are easily altered or damaged during SEM inspection, Serial Frame Capture allows proper image.

    Product spotlight IM5000

    The most advanced broad ion beam system for producing exceptionally high-quality cross-section or flat-milling samples for electron microscopy. Widths up to 8 mm with milling rate: 1 mm/hour.

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    High performance ion milling systems for incredible results with cross section analysis

    Active material particle
    Inner structure

    • Grainpores, cracks, core-shell structure (anti-corrosion)


    • Inner structure, layer thickness


    • Geometrical structure (filling, porosity, cracks, binder distribution, rolling damage) aging analysis

    Cross Section of Cathode

    Prepared with IM5000 in less than one hour. Observed with FE-SEM SU7000.


    Cross Section of Separator

    Using Cryo Temperature Control of IM5000, layer thicknesses and fibril structures are maintained.
    Observed with Cold FE-SEM.


    Cross Section of Anode

    Prepared with IM5000.
    Observed with FE-SEM SU7000.


    Product spotlight IM4000 II

    IM4000II supports both cross section milling and/or flat-milling to prepare specimens depending on the purpose. Cooling Temperature Control, Air Protection Holder Unit, and Various options enable preparation of various cross section specimens.

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    For specimen exchange, discover the advantages of air protected transfer for processing & observation workflow

    MET 200kV


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    ArBlade 5000


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    ETHOS NX5000

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