Undergraduate Students Research Award

20th  April, 2017

Azzan Hassan, 2nd year UG student in the department, was offered the Faculty of Engineering UROP Award for an 8 week UROP summer placement. Zifeng Song, final year UG student in Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University, was awarded the Faculty of Engineering International  Research Opportunities Programme (IROP) award for 8 week summer research project. Look forward to working with you in July. 

4th  April, 2017

Rongtan Gao joined our group as a visiting student. Rongtan Gao is from the group of Prof. Feng Pan, School of Advanced Materials, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, China.  Rongtan is now visiting our group working on functional materials and redox flow batteries for energy storage applications. Welcome! 

27th-29th March 2017 

Dr Song attended the ChemEngDay UK 2017 conference and gave a talk on Functional Microporous Membranes for Energy and Environmental Applications. He also attended the UK Particle Technology Forum held by the University of Birmingham on behalf of IChemE Particle Technology Special Interest Group (PTSIG), on the 29th March, and gave a Keynote talk titled: Particle Technology: a personal journey towards interdisciplinary materials research. 

March 2017 - PhD studentships for home students

The Department of Chemical Engineering has available 5 fully-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scholarships for outstanding PhD applicants qualifying as Home students to start in October 2017. 



March 2017

Group photo in March 2017, including co-supervised PhD students, MSc students, and collaborators. We are still looking for motivated and talented PhD students!

Group PhotoFrom left to right: Dr Qilei Song, Anqi Wang, Clemens Patzschke (PhD with Prof. Paul Fennell), Tianhe Zhang, Barbara Primera Darwich, Dewang Zeng (PhD), and Dr Liya Zheng (PDRA with Prof. Fennell). 

March 2017

Our lab in Bone building B326 has been refurbished into a brand new materials chemistry & energy research lab, where we work on materials synthesis and processing, membrane and battery fabrication, and performance testing. The other lab B221 is currently being refurbished as well. 



February 2017

Dr Song was awarded the IChemE Nicklin Medal for his outstanding contribution to developing the next-generation of microporous membrane materials.  Imperial News.  Deepest thanks go to supervisors, mentors, collaborators, colleagues, and the support of a number of labs and departments. 

January, 2017

Dr Song visited several leading universities in China, including the University of Science and Technlogy of China, Southeast University, Tianjin Univbersity, Nankai University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and Tsinghua University.


November, 2016

Barbara, Anqi, and Tianhe joined the group to work on their MSc research projects. Welcome!

Launch of the Barrer Centre, 10th October 2016

The Barrer Centre at Imperial was launched on the 10th October 2016, which aims to develop breakthrough materials for separation technologies for applications in more energy-efficient and environemntal-friendly separation processes in industry. Our group is a part of the Centre. 

BarrerlaunchWe were very pleased to have a range of attendees in our launch event, including  high-profile policy-makers, world-leading acadamics, industrialists and experts in global separations.  A keynote inaugural Barrer Lecture on “The Development of the Membrane Separation Industry” was delivered by Richard Baker, Founder and Principal Scientist at Membrane Technology and Research Inc, USA and Chair of the Barrer Centre. 

September 2016

Congratulations to Xiaoqi, Qiao, and Nan for successfully completing their MSc projects. Well done!!











August 2016

Dr Song started his new job as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in the Department. A new journey, very different challenges! 

June 2016

Nanofilm membranes reported in news by Materials Research Society (MRS). 

Nanofilm-based membranes boost molecular separations in organic systems


Image below shows the structure of porous polymer. Credit: Kim E. Jelfs, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London

Structure of Polymer













10th May, 2016

Glovebox workstation installed! Time to start making batteries and research on energy conversion and storage. 











2nd May 2016

Our latest paper published in Nature Materials, reporting a novel molecular design approach to synthesis of ultrathin and microporous polymer membranes, using sterically contorted monomers, to achieve enhanced performance for solvent-based separations.

Maria Jimenez-Solomon+Qilei Song+, Kim Jelfs, Marta Munoz-Ibanez, Andrew Livingston*. Polymer nanofilms with enhanced microporosity by interfacial polymerisationNature Materials. 2016. Doi:10.1038/nmat4638. (+Contributed equally).

Researchers develop "designer" chemical separation membranes

December 2015

Our paper accepted in Advanced Materials.

Q. Song, S. Jiang, T. Hasell, M. Liu, S. Sun, A.K. Cheetham, E. Sivaniah, A.I. Cooper. Porous Organic Cage Thin Films and Molecular-Sieving Membranes.Advanced Materials. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201505688. Back Cover (Image credit: Adam Kewley). 















November 2015

Paper accepted in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Qilei Song, Shuai Cao, Robyn Pritchard, Hazim Qiblawey, Eugene Terentjev,   Anthony K. Cheetham and Easan Sivaniah.  Nanofiller-tuned microporous polymer molecular sieves for energy and environmental processesJournal of Materials Chemistry A. 2016. DOI: 10.1039/C5TA09060A


October 2015

 Dr Song gave a seminar on Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainability at the Energy Futures Lab on Friday 30th. Link

The group welcomes new members!

Arthie Nimalan and Ayshah Sawjani are final year undergraduate students working together on porous membranes for molecular separations, co-supervised by Prof. Livingston.

MSc students:

Qiao Zhang will be working on Polymer Membranes of Intrinsic Microporosity for Molecular Separations, co-supervised by Prof. Livingston.

Xiaoqi Li will be working on synthesis and electrochemical characterisation of functional nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage.

Nan Ding will be working on synthesis and applications of layered double hydroxides and derived nanostructured metal oxides, co-supervised by Dr Fennell.

September 2015

23rd September. Dr. Song gave a short talk at the department postdoc symposium

15th September. Congratulations to Horace KH Chien on successfully completing his MSc project. Horace did some nice work on synthesis of LDHs and mixed metal oxides for applications in chemical looping processes. 

August 2015

Dr Song was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Travel Grant for attending the 250th ACS National Meeting, held on 16-20 August 2015 in Boston, MA, USA. He gave two invited talks, one on 'Advanced Molecular Sieve Membranes' in the session of Porous Materials for Energy & Sustainability from Discovery to Application, and another on 'Nanostructured metal oxides for chemical looping processes' in the session of Chemical looping Innovation for Low-Carbon Energy

July 2015

Dr Song attended the 12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC12) organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), held on 20-23 July 2015, University of York, UK.

April 2015

8-9th April 2015. Dr. Song attended the ChemEngDayUK conference in Sheffield, organised by the IChemE. 

November 2014

Dr Song started his JRF fellowship from the 1st November 2014. A new start of his independent research career. He is also an academic visitor to the Cavendish Laboratory, and a visiting scholar at the Southeast University (China).