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Understanding the LiMnPO4/MnPO4 phase transition is of great interest in order to further improve the electrochemical performance of this cathode material. Since most of the previously published literature deals with characterization of chemically delithiated Lix MnPO4, the aim of this study is to compare and study the composition and structure of the different phases that are gen-erated upon chemical delithiation of Lix MnPO4. Bare and carboncoated lithium manganese phos-phates are prepared via a combined coprecipitation-calcination method. Partial delithiation to two different degrees of delithiation Lix MnPO4 (x = 0.24/0.23 and 0.45) for carbon-coated and/or bare materials is achieved using an excess of nitro-nium tetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile. The ef-fect of carboncoating has been also considered. Standard materials characterization with XRD (X-Ray Diffraction) and ICPOES (Inductive Coupled Plasma spectrometry and Optical Emission Spectroscopy) analysis are in accordance with literature data, but further cerimetric analysis revealed serious deviations, showing differences in the degree of delithiation to the average degree of oxidation. A structural characterization of the atomic and electronic local structure of the materials is also ob-tained using XAS (X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy) technique. Keywords