Functional Membrane and Energy Materials
We develop membrane technology and functional materials to solve global challenges in energy, water, climate change, environment, and healthcare. Current research projects include energy conversion and storage, water purification, CO2 capture and conversion, H2 Production, gas and chemical separations, and equipment for healthcare.Discover our research
Group photo, 2020
Our latest paper published in Nature Materials on new ion-transport membranes for water purification and flow-battery energy storage, involving collaboration with multiple research groups.
Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with a HEPA filter removes coronavirus and generates clean air. Imperial College team have developed and supplied PAPR PPE to help UK doctors and nurses to treat COVID-19 patients and save lives. Click to find out more details of the project.
Dr Song has been awarded the prestigious ERC Starting grant to develop new membranes and redox flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage.
We have two argon-filled glovebox systems for assembly and testing of lithium and sodium ion batteries.
Our collaboration research work with the group of Prof. Clare Grey at the University of Cambridge. Zhao et al, In situ NMR metrology reveals reaction mechanisms in redox flow batteries. Nature 579, 224–228(2020).
Polymer nanofilms of intrinsic microporosity for selective molecular separations. Nature Materials. 2016. 15, 760-767. Doi:10.1038/nmat4638.
Enhanced selectivity in mixed matrix membranes for CO2 capture through efficient dispersion of amine-functionalised MOF nanoparticles, Nature Energy. 2017, Advance Online publication. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2017.86
Oriented 2D porous organic cage crystals. Angew. chem. Int. Ed. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201704579
Fluorescence of a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1) in solvent (left) and membrane (right) under irradiation of ultraviolet (UV) light. Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1918 (2013) doi:10.1038/ncomms2942
We are developing high-performance membranes for energy efficient gas separations, including CO2 capture, air separation, natural gas purification, H2 purification, and hydrocarbons separations.
Crystalline and amorphous porous organic cage films and membranes. Advanced Materials. 2016, 13, 2629-2637. DOI:10.1002/adma.201505688.
The group hosts UROP students to do cutting-edge research in advanced batteries for energy storage. Left to right: Tomas, Xiaoqun, and Shengming.