Song Research Group - Functional Membrane and Energy Materials

Welcome to the Group

The Song 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 and environmental applications, including renewable energy production, advanced batteries for energy conversion and storage, CO2 capture, gas and chemical separations, and water purification. 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 on materials chemistry, polymer physics, porous materials, nanotechnology, and chemical engineering science, to design novel materials and achieve fundamental understandings of their structure and properties. Our research topics cover the following areas:

  • Structure and Properties 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. broad scientific approach is used aiming to understand their structures and properties that dominate the processes of molecular and ionic transport, adsorption/absorption and diffusion, and thermochemical or electrochemcial reactions, which have broad implications on applications in molecular separations, heterogeneous catalysis, and energy conversion and storage.
  • 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 porous carbon materials, organic 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.