Imperial College London

Dr Qilei Song

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr Qilei Song is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and one of the principal investigators at the Barrer Centre. His research group is focused on the development of functional porous materials and membranes for broad applications in molecular separations, catalysis, and energy conversion and storage. Dr Song received his PhD (2014) at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and stayed as a Research Associate before moving to Imperial College as an Imperial College Junior Research FellowHis 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. 

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  • 9/2020-   Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College
  • 8/2016 -  8/2020   Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College
  • 11/2014-7/2016  Junior Research Fellow, Imperial College London
  • 12/2013-11/2014  Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  • 10/2010-5/2014  PhD in Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Tan R, Wang A, Malpass-Evans R, et al., 2020, Hydrophilic microporous membranes for selective ion separation and flow-battery energy storage, Nature Materials, Vol:19, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:195-202

Jimenez-Solomon M, Song Q, Jelfs K, et al., 2016, Polymer nanofilms with enhanced microporosity by interfacial polymerisation, Nature Materials, Vol:15, ISSN:1476-4660, Pages:760-767

Song Q, Jiang S, Hasell T, et al., 2016, Porous Organic Cage Thin Films and Molecular-Sieving Membranes, Advanced Materials, Vol:28, ISSN:1521-4095, Pages:2629-2637

Song Q, Cao S, Pritchard RH, et al., 2016, Nanofiller-tuned microporous polymer molecular sieves for energy and environmental processes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:4, ISSN:2050-7496, Pages:270-279

Perera DHN, Song Q, Qiblawey H, et al., 2015, Regulating the aqueous phase monomer balance for flux improvement in polyamide thin film composite membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol:487, ISSN:1873-3123

Song Q, Cao S, Pritchard RH, et al., 2014, Controlled thermal oxidative crosslinking of polymers of intrinsic microporosity towards tunable molecular sieve membranes, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723

Song Q, Cao S, Zavala-Rivera P, et al., 2013, Photo-oxidative enhancement of polymeric molecular sieve membranes, Nature Communications, Vol:4, ISSN:2041-1723

Song Q, Liu W, Bohn CD, et al., 2013, A high performance oxygen storage material for chemical looping processes with CO2 capture, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:6, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:288-298

Song Q, Nataraj SK, Roussenova MV, et al., 2012, Zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8) based polymer nanocomposite membranes for gas separation, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:5, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:8359-8369


Song Q, 2015, Crosslinked polymer, method for producing the same, molecular sieve composition and material separation membranes

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