Dr Qilei Song - Group Leader

qsongDr Qilei Song is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and one of the principal investigators at the Barrer Centre. Dr Song received his PhD (2014) at the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge, and stayed as a Research Associate before moving to Imperial College as an Imperial College Junior Research Fellow. His current research interests are focused on functional materials and applications in separations, catalysis, and battery technology for energy conversion and storage. He has co-authored about 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Energy & Environmental Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry, etc. His recent research was awarded the IChemE Nicklin Medal for "his outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of microporous membrane materials, which can be used in energy conversion and storage." Read more

Email: q.song@imperial.ac.uk      Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5623  

Anqi Wang - PhD student

AWAnqi Wang is a PhD student working on design and synthesis of multifunctional polymers for energy applications. He received his BEng degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) in 2016, and received MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Distinction in Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His PhD research project is focused on design and synthesis of microporous organic polymers including polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs).

Email: anqi.wang16@imperial.ac.uk

Rui Tan - PhD student

RTRui Tan is a PhD student under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Nigel Brandon. Rui received his B.S. degree in Energy Materials and Devices in School of Metallurgy and Environment at Central South University (China), and received his MSc degree in Advanced Materials at Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School. His research interests are focused on advanced electrolytes, including the synthesis and utilization of solid polymer electrolytes, quasi-solid-state electrolytes, inorganic electrolytes, as well as design and synthesis of advanced electrode materials. His PhD research is focused on developing functional materials for solid-state batteries and redox flow batteries. Read More

Email: r.tan17@imperial.ac.uk

Dezhi Liu - PhD student

DezhiDezhi Liu will start his PhD research in January 2019 under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Andrew Livingston. Dezhi received his BEng degree in Chemical Engineering at Dalian University of Technology (China), and MSc degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Rochester (USA). His PhD research will focus on developing microporous materials and membranes for separation applications including chiral separation.

Zhiyu Fan - PhD student


Zhiyu Fan is a PhD student under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song and Prof. Kang Li. He received B.Eng. degree from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) in June 2017. Zhiyu completed his MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, and received Distinction. His MSc project was performed in the group. Afterwards, he stayed in the group for PhD research working on microporous polymer membranes for energy and environmental applications. 

Email: zhiyu.fan17@imperial.ac.uk

Luke Petit- PhD student


Luke Petit is a PhD student starting in October 2019 under the supervision of Dr Qilei Song. Luke completed his MEng degree in Engineering Science, with a focus in Chemical Engineering and Energy, from the University of Oxford in June 2019. His Masters project was focused on nonaqueous vanadium flow battery with Prof. Charles Monroe. His PhD will focus on the characterization and testing of redox flow batteries for grid scale energy storage. 

Toby Wong- PhD student


Toby Wong is a CDT-ACM PhD student starting in October 2019 under the co-supervision of Dr Qilei Song, Dr Kim Jelfs, and Dr Doris Pun at BP America. Toby received his BSc degree in Chemistry at University College London and MRes Nanomaterials degree at Imperial College London. His PhD research will focus on synthesis and testing of membranes for molecular separations. His PhD project is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM) and BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM).