Dr Qilei Song - Group Leader
Dr Qilei Song is a 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 battery technology for energy conversion and storage. He has co-authored about 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Energy & Environmental Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry, etc. 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." Read more
Dr Lei Yang - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Lei Yang just joined our research group as a postdoc researcher to work on the organic redox flow battery. He received his PhD at the University of Chinese Academy of Science working on design and synthesis of organic molecules for organic solar cells and light emission applications. His postdoc project in the group will focus on the design and synthesis of organic redox active molecules and porous polymer membranes for flow battery applications. The project is funded by a seed-funding grant awarded by the EPSRC Centre of Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems (CAM-IES).
Anqi Wang - PhD student
Anqi 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).
Anthony Houghton - PhD student
Tony joined the group for PhD research in October 2017. He received B.S. Degree in Physics with First Class Honours at University of Dundee and did research on growth and characterisation of methylammonium lead halide perovskite single crystals using numerous methods including PXRD, SEM, EDX, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. He completed MSc degree in the department working on synthesis and characterisation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). His PhD research is focused on functional porous materials.
Rui Tan - PhD student
Rui 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
Zhiyu Fan - MSc student
Zhiyu Fan is an MSc student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. 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 will carry out his MSc research project on advanced battery materials for energy storage applications.
Shengming Zhang - UG student
Shengming Zhang is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His UROP research project is on developing solid composite electrolyte membranes used in solid-state battery for energy storage.
Xiaoqun Zhou - UG student
Xiaoqun Zhou is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her UROP research project is on developing polymer membranes for flow battery applications.
Tomas Juergensen - UG student
Tomas Juergensen is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His UROP research project is focused on redox flow batteries for energy storage.
July 2018. First row: Xiaoqun, Zhiyu, Yanchi, Xinyu, Lei (from left to right); Second row: Shengming, Anqi, Rui, Tomas, Qilei.