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 Fellow. His 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.
- 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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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
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