Song Research Group - Functional Membrane and Energy Materials

Welcome to the Group

The Functional Membrane and Energy Materials Research Group is a new group led by Dr Qilei Song in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.  The group has broad research interests in design, synthesis, and characterisation of functional nanomaterials and membranes for energy applications, including renewable energy production, advanced batteries for energy conversion and storage, CO2 capture, and industrial energy-intensive gas separations. The group is a key part of the Barrer Centre, a new research centre recently launched at Imperial College performing world-leading research in separation materials and membrane technology. 

The group is interdisciplinary and motivated to basic research but with interests in practical applications of our research in oil & gas, chemical, and energy industries. The group combines knowledge of materials chemistry, polymer physics, porous materials, nanotechnology, and chemical engineering science, to design novel materials for emerging energy and environmental applications. Our research topics cover the following areas:

  • Design and Synthesis of Functional Materials. Design and synthesis of functional materials, such as microporous polymers, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), layered materials and metal oxides, nanostructured carbon materials, and composite materials. 
  • Microporous Membranes for Molecular Separations. Design and fabrication of polymers and porous materials into microporous membranes for molecular-level separations in energy and environmental processes, such as gas separation, liquid separation, and water purification and desalination. 
  • Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage. Design and synthesis of electrode materials, ion-selective membranes and separators for advanced batteries, such as redox flow battery, Li-sulfur battery, sodium metal batteries, and supercapacitors. 
  • Energy and Environmental Catalysis and Reaction Engineering. Design and synthesis of porous materials and nanostructured catalysts for applications in heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering, such as catalytic conversion of fuels, production of renewable fuels, and environmental catalysts for air pollutants control.