Dr Qilei Song - Group Leader

QSDr Qilei Song is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and one of the principal investigators at the Barrer Centre. Dr Song received his PhD (2014) at the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge and stayed as a Research Associate before moving to Imperial College as an Imperial College Junior Research Fellow. His current research interests are focused on functional materials and applications in separations, catalysis, and energy conversion and storage. His recent research was awarded the IChemE Nicklin Medal for "his outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of microporous membrane materials, which can be used in energy conversion and storage." He was awarded the prestigious ERC starting grant in 2019, which provides 1.5 Million Euro to develop new membrane materials for energy conversion and storage. Read more

Email: q.song@imperial.ac.uk      Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5623  

Anqi Wang - PhD student

AWAnqi Wang is a PhD student working on design and synthesis of multifunctional polymers for energy applications. He received his BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) in 2016, and received MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Distinction in Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His PhD research project is focused on design and synthesis of microporous organic polymers including polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs).

Email: anqi.wang16@imperial.ac.uk

Rui Tan - PhD student

RTRui Tan is a PhD student under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Nigel Brandon. Rui received his B.S. degree in Energy Materials and Devices in School of Metallurgy and Environment at Central South University (China), and received his MSc degree in Advanced Materials at Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School. His research interests are focused on advanced electrolytes, including the synthesis and utilization of solid polymer electrolytes, quasi-solid-state electrolytes, inorganic electrolytes, as well as design and synthesis of advanced electrode materials. His PhD research is focused on developing functional materials for solid-state batteries and redox flow batteries. Read More

Email: r.tan17@imperial.ac.uk

Dezhi Liu - PhD student

DezhiDezhi Liu will start his PhD research in January 2019 under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Andrew Livingston. Dezhi received his BEng degree in Chemical Engineering at Dalian University of Technology (China), and MSc degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Rochester (USA). His PhD research will focus on developing microporous materials and membranes for separation applications including chiral separation.

Zhiyu Fan - PhD student


Zhiyu Fan is a PhD student under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Kang Li. He received B.Eng. degree from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) in June 2017. Zhiyu completed his MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, and received Distinction. His MSc project was performed in the group. Afterwards, he stayed in the group for PhD research working on microporous polymer membranes for energy and environmental applications. 

Email: zhiyu.fan17@imperial.ac.uk

Luke Petit- PhD student


Luke Petit began his PhD in October 2019 under the supervision of Dr Qilei Song, with funding from an EPSRC DTP Studentship. He completed his MEng degree in Engineering Science, with a focus in Chemical Engineering and Energy, from the University of Oxford in June 2019. His Masters project was focused on a nonaqueous vanadium flow battery with Prof. Charles Monroe.

His PhD is broadly focused on the characterisation and testing of novel membrane materials in redox flow batteries to improve performance and lifetime of grid-scale electrochemical energy storage, and further applications in energy conversion devices including fuel cells and electrolysers for H2 energy. 

Email: l.petit19@imperial.ac.uk

Toby Wong- PhD student


Toby Wong is a CDT-ACM PhD student starting in October 2019 under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song, Dr Kim Jelfs, and Dr Doris Pun at BP America. Toby received his BSc degree in Chemistry at University College London and MRes Nanomaterials degree at Imperial College London. His PhD research will focus on synthesis and testing of membranes for molecular separations. His PhD project is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM) and BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM).

Chunchun Ye - Visting PhD student

CYChunchun Ye is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Neil McKeown at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently visiting the group working on collaborative projects on ion-conductive PIMs for flow batteries.  She received her BEng degree in Materials science and Engineering at Jilin University, and MSc in Polymer Chemistry and Physics at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) in 2017. Her PhD research project is focused on the design and synthesis of polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) for batteries and fuel cells. Read more

Email: c.ye19@imperial.ac.ukChunchun.Ye@ed.ac.uk

Charlotte Breakwell - PhD student

CharlotteCharlotte Breakwell is an MRes student in Green Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Kim Jelfs and Dr Qilei Song. She received BSc in Chemistry at King's College London and graduated with an Upper Second Class Honor. Her current research project is focused on computational modeling of electrode materials for energy storage applications. She has a particular interest in sustainable energy and sustainability.  Charlotte will start her PhD on the modeling of polymer membranes for energy conversion and storage under the co-supervision of Dr Kim Jelfs, Dr Qilei Song, Prof. Anthony Kucernak, and Prof. Nigel Brandon. The project will involve collaboration with Shell. 

Email: c.breakwell19@imperial.ac.uk