Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Academic Visitor



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Dr Rui Tan used to work as a research associate in the Functional Membrane and Energy Materials Group at Imperial College London. He worked on the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to develop battery technologies. Rui received his B.S. degree in New Energy Materials and Devices at Central South University (China) in 2014 and received his MSc degree in Advanced Materials and Mechanics at Peking University (China) in 2017. He graduated with a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering supervised by Dr. Qilei Song and Prof. Nigel Brandon (co-supervisor) at Imperial College in 2021. He employs cutting-edge materials with a focus on microporous materials to tackle the challenges in renewable energy storage technologies.

His research interests and activities mainly focus on the design of ion conductive and selective membranes based on the microporous materials chemistries; fundamental correlation of the structure, ion kinetics and electrochemical performance; combination innovation to address the challenges involved in different energy storage systems, e.g., flow batteries, alkaline-metal ion based batteries, solid-state batteries.

  • Developing and optimizing functional electrolyte membranes using microporous materials, polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs), and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
  • Investigating the ion kinetics, ionic and molecular selectivity, and establishing the fundamental correlation of materials structures, properties and performance.
  • Combining functional electrolyte membranes with diverse energy storage systems to afford high-performance (improved longevity, power and safety) systems.

Rui is the author of over 30 articles and he is helping with the special issues for the Journals of Batteries and Rare Metals as a guest editor.


Date Role
2021-2023 Research Associate
2017-2021 Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
2014-2017 M.Sc. in Advanced Materials and Mechanics, School of Advanced Materials, Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University,  China
2010-2014 B.S. in New Energy Materials and Devices, School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University,  China.



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

Ye C, Tan R, Wang A, et al., 2022, Long-life aqueous organic redox flow batteries enabled by amidoxime-functionalized ion-selective polymer membranes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol:61, ISSN:1433-7851

Chuai M, Yang J, Tan R, et al., 2022, Theory-Driven Design of a Cationic Accelerator for High-Performance Electrolytic MnO<sub>2</sub>-Zn Batteries, Advanced Materials, Vol:34, ISSN:0935-9648

Ye C, Wang A, Breakwell C, et al., 2022, Development of efficient aqueous organic redox flow batteries using ion-sieving sulfonated polymer membranes, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

Xia Y, Ouyang M, Yufit V, et al., 2022, A cost-effective alkaline polysulfide-air redox flow battery enabled by a dual-membrane cell architecture, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-13

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