Atomic Force Microscopy Webinars

In-Situ, In-Operando PeakForce Tapping Imaging of Li-Ion Batteries in a Glovebox

In this joint webinar, presenters report on in-situ and in-operando imaging of a Li-ion battery sample using a Dimension Icon AFM in a glove box at < 1 ppm O2 and H2O.

Learn how PeakForce Tapping can address lifetime-related issues for high-capacity Li-ion battery cycling.

In this webinar, speakers investigate the formation, evolution and failure mechanisms of the SEI layer (on patterned Si island structures) using PeakForce Tapping®, and reveal in-operando cracking of the SEI layer.

Webinar Summary

In this webinar, the presenters showcase the use of PeakForce Tapping® with its direct, pN-level force control, to obtain high-resolution images of the extremely fragile SEI layer formed on the Si anode during cycling.

The presenters explore formation, evolution, and failure mechanisms of the SEI layer on patterned Si island structures, showing in-operando cracking of the SEI layer for the first time.

These results offer guidance for strategies to tailor passivation layers, thus addressing the key issue of cycling lifetime in high-capacity Li-ion batteries.

This webinar was presented on: August 2, 2016

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Xingcheng Xiao, Ph.D., 

Staff Scientist at General Motors Global R&D Center. 

Xingcheng Xiao, Ph.D., is a staff scientist at General Motors Global R&D Center. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Chinese Academy of Science, and worked as a research associate at the Argonne National Laboratory at University of Chicago before joining General Motors in 2016. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers and has 34 patents has over 30 pending patent applications in different fields. He's the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 2001, the 2013 R&D 100 Award, the 2013 SME "Innovations That Could Change The Way We Manufacture" list, and was a 2016 R&D 100 Award finalist.

Ravi Kumar, Ph.D.student,

Materials Engineering at Brown University. 

Ravi Kumar is a Ph.D. student in Materials Engineering at Brown University. He obtained his bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur in India in 2008. After that, he worked at Tata R&D in India for three years before joining Brown University. The focus of his Ph.D. thesis is on the failure mechanisms of lithium-ion batteries based on both the film and practical composition architecture.

Dr. Teddy Huang

Staff Development Applications Scientist, Bruker Nano Surfaces

Dr. Huang obtained his PhD degree in physical chemistry from Emory University in 2012. After graduation, he worked for Prof. Nathan Lewis at Caltech as a postdoctoral scholar, where he investigated the semiconductor/metal interfacial structure using AFM nanoelectric measurements. He joined in Bruker in 2014 and now leads the team for development of AFM-based electrical and electrochemical applications. As of today, he has published 43 peer-reviewed articles with more than 2300 citations and an H-index of 22.