Imperial College London

Dr Qilei Song

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Reader in Chemical Engineering



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Dr Qilei Song is a Reader in Chemical Engineering (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and one of the principal investigators at the Barrer Centre. He established the Functional Membranes and Energy Materials Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research group is focused on the development of porous materials and membrane technologies 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 and the prestigious ERC Starting Grant in 2019, which provides 1.5 Million Euro to develop new membrane materials for energy conversion and storage. He is also a Co-I of £9M EPSRC Programme Grant SynHiSel. He has also established strong research collaborations with industrial partners, including BP-ICAM, Shell, Toyota Motor Europe, and Schlumberger. 

Research projects:

  • Design and synthesis of porous materials and functional polymers;
  • Membrane separation processes for gas separation, water purification, and chemical separation;
  • Development of ion exchange membranes for electrochemical devices, inlcuding flow batteries, fuel cells and water electrolyzers. 
  • Advanced battery materials for energy conversion and storage, including Li-ion batteries, redox flow battery, Li - metal battery, and solid-state batteries.
  • Heterogeneous catalysis, and thermochemical reaction engineering for clean energy applications, including renewable H2 production, CO2 capture and conversion.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wang A, Tan R, Breakwell C, et al., 2022, Solution-processable redox-active polymers of intrinsic microporosity for electrochemical energy storage, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:144, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:17198-17208

High M, Patzschke C, Zheng L, et al., 2022, Precursor engineering of hydrotalcite-derived redox sorbents for reversible and stable thermochemical oxygen storage, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

Ye C, Wang A, Breakwell C, et al., 2022, Development of efficient aqueous organic redox flow batteries using ion-sieving sulfonated polymer membranes., Nat Commun, Vol:13

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 polymerization, 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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