Song Group - Functional Materials for Energy and Sustainability

About the Group

The Song Research Group is a new group led by Dr Qilei Song in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. The group has broad research interests in design, synthesis, and characterisation of functional polymers and nanoporous materials for energy applications, including membrane separations, catalysis and reactions, energy conversion and storage.

The group is interdisciplinary and motivated to basic research but with interests in practical applications of our research to industry. The group combines knowledge on materials chemistry, polymer physics, porous materials, nanotechnology, and chemical engineering science, to design novel materials and achieve fundamental understandings of their structure and properties. Our research topics cover the following areas:

  • Structure and Properties of Functional Materials. Design and synthesis of functional materials, such as microporous polymers, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), layered materials and metal oxides, nanostructured carbon materials, and composite materials. broad scientific approach is used aiming to understand their structures and properties that dominate the processes of molecular and ionic transport, adsorption/absorption and diffusion, and thermochemical or electrochemcial reactions, which have broad implications on applications in molecular separations, heterogeneous catalysis, and energy conversion and storage.
  • Microporous Membranes for Molecular Separations. Design and fabrication of polymers and porous materials into microporous membranes for molecular-level separations in energy and environmental processes, such as gas separation, liquid separation, and water purification and desalination. 
  • Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage. Design and synthesis of porous carbon materials, organic electrode materials, ion-selective membranes and separators for advanced batteries, such as redox flow battery, Li-sulfur battery, sodium metal batteries, and supercapacitors. 
  • Energy and Environmental Catalysis and Reaction Engineering. Design and synthesis of porous materials and nanocatalysts for applications in heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering, such as catalytic conversion of fuels, production of renewable fuels, and environmental catalysts for air pollutants control.