ZEISS Battery Workshop 2023

Learning event on Thursday,
August 31st in Dublin, California

Battery research and quality assurance solutions

ZEISS eMobility Solutions and Materials Science

Batteries play an important role in the performance and longevity of the devices in which they are used. Optimizing a battery means understanding its structure on multiple scales. Safety, service life, performance, and cost are essential to ensuring the success of battery technologies. These factors need to be addressed every step of the way, from R&D, raw material processing, production to assembly.

For the one-day event on August 31st, 2023, we will discuss practical applications of ZEISS microscopy technology to all aspects of battery research, development and production. The keynote address will be given by guest speaker Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Battery Technology Officer at Lyten, who has an extensive history of working in the automotive, stationary, and consumer electronics lithium-ion battery industries.


8:00 am

Reception, greeting and refreshments

8:45 am

Welcome address

9:00 am

Keynote speaker Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Battery Technology Officer at Lyten
Celina discusses the challenges of lithium-ion technologies for electric and hybrid vehicles in the areas of durability, reliability and performance, and safety considerations. Celina talks about the advances of new emerging battery materials, the exacting process of manufacturing battery cells, and the challenges of achieving secure and reliable supply chains in the transportation and energy sectors.

9:45 am

Coffee break, networking with ZEISS experts

10:00 am

Assessing batteries with 3D X-ray tomography and electron/light microscopy
This presentation introduces imaging workflows for developing a better understanding of battery systems through X-ray tomography, electron microscopy, and light microscopy. Such imaging workflows can be run independently or assembled into complementary multiscale correlative microscopy evaluations to provide valuable insights on the inner workings of battery systems at multiple length scales, from macroscopic features to nanoscale details (i.e., sub-micrometer and nanometer resolution). These capabilities speed up R&D and product development times, increase cost-effectiveness, and simplify failure analysis and quality inspection of rechargeable batteries and other technologies built with emerging new energy materials. Attendees will learn:

  • How the inspection and analysis of rechargeable cells at the R&D, production and post-consumer level can be supported by X-ray imaging technologies.
  • See the diverse range of sample types and sizes that high-resolution (micrometer and sub-micrometer) non-destructive 3D X-ray tomography can address.
  • How specific regions of interest can be targeted for rapid access via femtosecond laser milling.
  • How the nanoscale structure, chemistry, and crystallography of critical battery components can be revealed with focused ion beam electron microscopy to further enhance these workflows.

10:45 am

Speeding up battery inspection by artificial intelligence powered algorithms
This presentation shows how to use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to inspect batteries with 3D X-ray microscopy (XRM) and computed tomography (CT) as well as 2D techniques like electron and light microscopy. More specifically, it illustrates how deep-learning based algorithms for CT reconstruction can be integrated into 3D X-ray inspection workflows for batteries, without the need for user expertise in AI technology. In addition, AI provides a wide range of tools for automated defect recognition (ADR) of complex components that are difficult to analyze using traditional measurement methods. Machine learning (ML) platforms can train ADR models to assess battery overhang and inclusions. In the end, using deep- learning based algorithms for CT reconstruction, such as ZEISS DeepRecon Pro, allows for 3D XRM workflows to be applied much more economically by reducing the time required for data acquisition. On the other hand, ML for defect detection provides a wide range of tools that can increase accuracy of detection and allow for ADR to work on lower quality (faster) CT images. AI-based methods can also help with automated image segmentation and material classification in electron and light microscopy techniques to accelerate battery material and electrode characterization tasks. AI-based X-ray inspection technologies will have a major impact on testing and failure analysis of batteries where non-destructive imaging is often required. Attendees will learn:

  • How the inspection and analysis of rechargeable cells at the R&D, production and post-consumer level can be supported by AI-powered algorithms.
  • See the diverse range of sample types and sizes that high-resolution (micrometer and sub-micrometer) AI-powered microscopy can address.
  • How evaluation can be optimized by advanced reconstruction methods, 2D automated defect detection and machine learning-based defect detection algorithms.
  • How image segmentation tasks can be automated and accelerated using AI-based methods for faster, better insights into materials and electrode characteristics.

11:30 am

Q & A and networking with ZEISS experts

12:00 pm

Lunch provided by ZEISS

1:00 pm

Overview of ZEISS technology solutions

1:30 pm

Technology station visits: See individual battery inspection solution areas with ZEISS electron microscopes, ZEISS Xradia XRM systems and ZEISS light microscopes.

3:30 pm

Tour of the ZEISS Innovation Center 

4:30 pm

Event wrap-up  

Keynote by Celina Mikolajczak

9:00 am

Engineering executive with an extensive history of working in the automotive, stationary, and consumer electronics lithium-ion battery industries including: leading teams working in Cell Engineering, Cell Manufacturing, Cell Reliability & Testing, Battery Safety Testing, Battery Design, Battery R&D, Battery BMS Development, Cell and Battery Quality, Materials Engineering, and Battery Regulatory Strategy.

Speaker Topics on Battery Solutions

10:00 am and 10:45 am

The first topic will focus on solutions related to X-ray tomography, and electron & light microscopy. The second on using AI-powered algorithms for faster battery inspection.

Technology Station Visits

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

The individual battery inspection solution areas will have a ZEISS Crossbeam FIB-SEM (EM) for high throughput 3D analysis and sample preparation, a ZEISS Xradia 630 Versa X-ray microscope (XRM), and a ZEISS LSM 900 confocal laser scanning microscope (LM).

Why you should attend

Increase knowledge, gain productivity

Learn more about how you can improve your work in research and development or increase productivity in manufacturing by optimizing inspection processes.

See game changing innovations

A wide range of imaging, analytic and metrology tools are needed to enable battery research and quality control in production of batteries. We hope to provide you with the relevant solutions to enable battery development, safety and performance.

Meet the experts, discover trends

Connect with our experts to learn more about the latest trends in battery development, ZEISS technologies, and manufacturing solutions. Get answers to your specific questions, consultation, and learn about trends and best practices.

ZEISS Innovation Center California in Dublin

The Bay Area-based new ZEISS Innovation Center is designed to promote customer, science and employee collaborations.

The center encompasses 208,650 square feet over three floors, bringing together hundreds of ZEISS employees and key functions. Research laboratories, technical service centers, production facilities, customer experience and demonstration centers showcasing ZEISS innovations are in one building. Located in the East Bay, we are near the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports. Public transit via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train is available from SFO and OAK to the Dublin/Pleasanton Station (www.bart.gov). Click here to get directions

ZEISS Innovation Center
5300 Central Pkwy
Dublin, CA 94568

Need accomodations? If you are coming from out of town, we recommend: Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton and Aloft Dublin-Pleasanton.

Register online today!

Seating is limited. Register today for the ZEISS Battery Workshop on the 31st of August, 2023 in Dublin, California. Download the flyer in PDF at right for workshop details.