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Our laboratory combines research expertise in chemistry, materials science, and engineering to address problems in energy conversion and storage. In addition to the cutting-edge analytical tools developed in our laboratory, we utilize the resources of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and the Micro/Nano Technology Center at UofL to perform our research.

Research Mission

Our research has the primary goal of advancing the interconversion of chemical and electrical energy to meet the challenge of creating a renewable and sustainable energy economy. Our approach is to develop and employ high resolution, in situ microscopy and spectroscopy to understand chemical and material processes beyond the ensemble, at the single particle, single molecule level. 

Join Us!

We are always looking for motivated and passionate people to join our research team. Prospective graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to send Prof. Wilson an email (aj.wilson [at] to discuss available research opportunities. Interested undergraduate students can find research opportunities here

2/3/23: Jaley is selected to attend the 2023 ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference at Virginia Tech. Jaley is one of five undergraduate researchers selected that will represent University of Louisville at the conference. Congrats Jaley!


1/11/23: Ayan Abdi joins the group as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome Ayan!


1/10/23: Oscar received a Graduate Student Council Travel Award to attend the ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis. Congrats Oscar!


12/6/22: Johann Hemmer joins the group as a first-year Ph.D. student. Welcome Johann!

11/17/22: The Wilson and Balabanoff groups visited Fairdale High School to teach students in chemistry class how to synthesize silver nanoparticles and measure their optical properties with UV-visible spectroscopy. Thanks to the students and teachers for the fun and engaging experience (link)!

10/28/22: Congratulations to Padmanabh for winning a best poster award at MUACC!


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