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In battery manufacturing, analysis of battery materials such as NCM (lithium-nickel-cobalt-manganese or Li-Ni-Co-Mn) powders are essential ingredients in high performance Li-ion batteries. The particle size distribution of the active material impacts battery performance while minute impurities can lead to catastrophic device failures. To effectively detect and trace these contaminants, the application of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) paired with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) is imperative.
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Classification based on Conductance
By assigning a conductance value to each particle class, it becomes possible to sort and categorize particles based on their conductance. This facilitates a more precise assessment of the impact of contamination, as organic contamination would not have the same severity as a metallic foreign particle.
Ternary diagrams can be created to provide an overview of the chemical composition of the entire particle population. This diagram represents all the particles and displays their relative proportions on each axis, with Ni, Co, and Mn being the key components. By analyzing the diagram, it becomes easy to identify the outliers and the general trends that emerge from batch-to-batch or as a result of different processing.