The Functional Membrane and Energy Materials Group is led by Dr Qilei Song. The group is interdisciplinary and motivated to basic research but with interests in practical applications of our research in oil & gas, chemical, and energy industries. The group consists of Postdoctoral and PhD researchers from a broad range of backgrounds and combines knowledge of materials chemistry, polymer membranes, porous materials, nanotechnology, electrochemistry, and chemical engineering science, to develop solutions to solve global challenges.  

Our research interests include the development of membrane technology and functional materials to solve global challenges in energy, water, climate change, environment, and healthcare. Current research projects include electrochemical energy conversion and storage, water purification, CO2 capture and conversion, H2 Production, gas and chemical separations. 

Academic staff

  • Dr Qilei Song

    Qilei Song

    Personal details

    Dr Qilei Song Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

    +44 (0)20 7594 5623


    Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

    The Barrer Centre


    409A, ACE Extension
    South Kensington Campus
    London SW7 2AZ, UK


Postdoc researchers

  • Dr Anqi Wang

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    Dr Anqi Wang Postdoc researcher

    Research Project

    Synthesis of functional polymers and membranes for energy applications

    Link to  personal website

  • Toby Wong

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    Toby Wong Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Research project


    Synthesis of polymer membranes for electrochemical energy conversion and storage

PhD students

Zhiyu Fan (2019-present)

Zhiyu Fan (2019-present)
Membrane manufacturing, Co-supervisor: Prof Kang Li

Dezhi Liu (2019-present)

Dezhi Liu (2019-present)
Membrane for molecular separations Co-supervisor: Prof Andrew Livingston

Charlotte Breakwell (2020-present)

Charlotte Breakwell (2020-present)
Molecular simulation. Primary supervisor: Prof Kim Jelfs

Sunshine Iguodala (2021 - present)

Sunshine Iguodala (2021 - present)
Gas separation membranes

Yijie Yang (2022-)

Yijie Yang (2022-)
Data-driven design and modeling of membranes Primary supervisor: Prof Kim Jelfs

Naiqi Meng (2022- present)

Naiqi Meng (2022- present)
Ion exchange membranes for fuel cells and electrolyzers

Masahiro Hara (2022-present)

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Masahiro Hara (2022-present)
Ionic liquids and metal-organic frameworks. Co-supervisor: Prof Jason Hallett

Dingchang Yang (2023-present)

Dingchang Yang (2023-present)
Electrodialysis membranes and processes Co-supervisor: Prof Magda Titirici

MSc and MRes student

MEng, MSC, and MRes students

MEng students

  • Joella Diong and Amanda Wong, MEng students, project on gas separation membranes



Dr Toby Wong (10/2019-11/2023), postdoc in the group

Dr Luke Petit (10/2019-11/2023)

Dr Michael High, Sustainability Analyst, Sizewell C.

Dr Rui Tan (2017-2021, postdoc, 8/2021-6/2023), Assistant Professor, Warwick University.

Dr Anqi Wang (2018-2021), postdoc in the group

MEng, MSc and MRes students

  • Jayden Matthews, MRes student, 2022-2023
  • Yanlin Wang, MSc student, 2022-2023
  • Houliang Li, MSc student, 2022-2023
  • Weiwen Liu, MSc student, 2022-2023
  • Yu'ang Guo, MSc student, 2022-2023
  • Yujin Zhong, MSc student, 2022-2023
  • Ngan Nguyen, MEng student, 2022-2023
  • Carla Genardy,  MEng student, 2022-2023
  • Jiaxin Lu, MRes, 2021-2022 
  • Chonyang Qin, MRes, 2021-2022
  • Yanbing Chen, MRes, 2021-2022
  • Rui Zong, MSc, 2021-2022
  • Jiaqi Song, MSc, 2021-2022
  • Jiaxi Li, MSc, 2021-2022
  • Jiawei Chen, MSc, 2021-2022
  • Mudi Cao, MSc, 2021-2022
  • Chunwan Zhang,  MEng student, 2021-2022
  • Kyungmin Nam, MEng student, 2021-2022
  • Marius Kornovan, MEng Student, 2021-2022
  • Koray Araz, MEng Student, 2021-2022
  • Hongzhen He, MSc student (2020-2021), now PhD student at UCL
  • Raja Abbas, MSc student (2020-2021)
  • Arianna Ajaereh, MSc student (2020-2021)
  • Shibo Li, MSc student (2019-2020), now BASF, China
  • Xuan He, MSc student (2019-2020), now Shell Shanghai
  • Zhouming Sun, MSc student (2019-2020), now Evonik Shanghai
  • Hanfeng Li, MSc student (2019-2020)
  • Luxi Yu, MEng student (2019-2020), now PhD student at Imperial
  • Xiaoqun Zhou, MEng student (2019-2020)
  • Teck Chin, MEng Student (2019-2020)
  • Richard Shen, MEng Student (2019-2020)
  • Jiaqi Weng, MSc student (2018-2019)
  • Yueyang Pan, MSc student (2018-2019)
  • Shuxian Wang, MSc student (2018-2019)
  • Wenjie Mao, MSc student (2018-2019) 
  • Andrés Martín-Fuertes Brañas, MSc student (2018-2019), now Junior Process Engineer
  • Zheng Chen, MRes student (2018-2019), now PhD student at the University of Edinburgh
  • Haodong Li, MRes student (2018-2019) 
  • Sandy Liman, MEng Student (2018-2019)
  • Siu Kwong Cheung, MEng student (2018-2019)
  • Humza Siddique, MEng student (2018-2019)
  • Mohammed Al-Hijji, MEng Student (2018-2019)
  • Haoming Liang, MEng Student (2018-2019)
  • Jiaming Xu, Meng Student (2018-2019)
  • Yanchi Liu, MSc student (2017-2018)
  • Xinyu Zhang, MSc student (2017-2018), now Sinopec China
  • Alicia Cheong, MEng student (2016-2017)
  • Dale Seddon, MEng student  (2016-2017)
  • Thomas Johnston, MEng student (2016-2017)
  • Armand Brochard, MEng student (2016-2017)
  • Kieran Naylor, MEng student (2016-2017)
  • Tianhe Zhang, MSc student  (2016-2017)
  • Barbara Primera Darwich, MSc student (2016-2017), now PhD student, EPFL
  • Anqi Wang, MSc student (2016-2017), now PDRA in the group
  • Qiao Zhang, MSc student (2015-2016), now JP Morgan
  • Nan Ding, MSc student (2015-2016), now BASF Shanghai
  • Xiaoqi Li, MSc student (2015-2016), now Evonik Shanghai
  • Horace Ka Ho Chien, MSc student (2014-2015)

Visiting Students

  • Min Hu, from USTC, 2018, now PhD student at University of Manchester
  • Dewang Zeng, from Southeast University, 2017, now researcher at Southeast University
  • Rongtan Gao, from Peking University, 2017
  • Zifeng Song, from Tsinghua University, 2017

UROP Students

  • Emily Wong, UROP from Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2022-2023.  
  • Jingxian Zhang, 2021-2022, PhD student MIT (2023)
  • Gabrielle Moore, UROP from Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2021-2022.  Read Gabi's UROP research on MIT website
  • Shengming Zhang, 2018, now PhD student at the University of Oxford
  • Xiaoqun Zhou, 2018, now PhD student at Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Tomas Juergensen, 2018, now engineer at Northvolt
  • Hassan Azzan, 2017, now PhD student at Imperial College London