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Principal Investigator

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Andrew J. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Email: aj.wilson [at]

Phone: (502) 852-9279

Office: CHEM 151

Graduate Students

Md Al Amin (md.alamin [at]
M.S. North Carolina A&T State University, 2020
M.S. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, 2011
B.S. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, 2009

I completed my B.S. (2009) and M.S. (2011) in chemistry from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet, Bangladesh. I worked as a Quality Control Chemist for three more years in the pharmaceutical industry. I also worked as a Lecturer in Chemistry at a community college. I moved to North Carolina, USA, to pursue my M.S. in Nanoengineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (2020). During my free time, I like to read and listen to music. My research is focused on catalysis using plasmonic nanostructures and electrochemistry.

Nov. 2020 - present

Nawaraj Karki (nawaraj.karki [at]
M.S. Middle Tennessee State University, 2020
M.S. Birendra Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, 2015
B.S. Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, 2013

I completed my M.S. in Chemistry in 2015 from Tribhuvan University. I moved to the United States in 2019 to pursue a M.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU, I worked on developing biosensors using silicon nanowires. My thesis research was based on electrochemical detection of dopamine with p-doped silicon nanowires. I completed my M.S. in 2020 and am now pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Louisville. My research is focused on mass transport effects in electrocatalysis. 

Jan. 2021 - present

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Dec. 2022 - present

Johann Hemmer (johann.hemmer [at]
M.S. Univali, 2023
B.S.E. Univali, 2019

Johann Hemmer lived most of his life in the states of Paraná and Santa Catarina in Southern Brazil, where he received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from Univali (2019), working under Dr. Gizelle Almerindo on the heterogeneous catalytic deactivation of chemical weapons. After graduating, he worked for 3 years in Univali’s Central Analytical Lab overseeing the Chromatography Sector. Concomitantly, he pursued his MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences under Dr. Clovis Rodrigues in the same institution with an emphasis in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. In Fall 2022, Hemmer joined the University of Louisville’s PhD program, where he is a member of the Wilson Lab. His research aims to reduce ensemble averaging in electrocatalysis measurements to provide mechanistic understanding at the single entity level. 


May 2023 - present

Amandeep Kaur (amandeep.kaur [at]
M.S. Guru Nanak Dev University, 2019
B.S. Guru Nanak Dev University, 2017

I was born and raised in Punjab, India. I completed my B.S. in 2017 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. Afterwards, I completed my master’s in chemistry from the same university in 2019. Then, I served as a mentor to undergraduate students in BBK DAV College, Amritsar, India from 2019 to 2022. There, along with teaching, I did research on the synthesis, surface modification, and colloidal stability of nanoparticles and study extraction of nanoparticles using iron oxide nanoparticles. In 2023, I joined the University of Louisville as a graduate student to pursue a Ph.D. In the Wilson Lab my research is focused on spectroscopic detection of intermediates and products in electrocatalytic reactions. In my leisure time I like to listen to music, read, and spend time with my family.

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Fredrick Lisili Mufoyongo (fredrick.mufoyongo [at]
B.Ed. (Science) University of Nairobi, 2018

I was born and raised in Kenya. I completed my bachelor's degree in education (science) in 2018 from the University of Nairobi. I worked as a chemistry and mathematics tutor at Averroes Tuition Centre in Nairobi for four years. I joined the University of Louisville in January of 2023 to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. My research explores using magnetic fields to enhance electrocatalytic nitrate reduction. I am passionate about athletics and I take pleasure in engaging in outdoor activities.

May 2023 - present

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Amanda Borden (amanda.borden [at]
B.S. Georgetown College, 2007

Jan. 2024 - present

Undergraduate Students

Colin Ackerman (colin.ackerman [at]

Jan. 2024 - present

Jacob Long (jacob.long [at]

Jacob was born and raised in southern New Hampshire before moving to Louisville, Kentucky during high school. After graduating high school, he attended Jefferson Community & Technical College to obtain his Associates of Science degree. Currently, Jacob is an undergraduate student at the University of Louisville. He is in the final year of his study to obtain his B.S. in Chemistry degree from the university. Some of Jacob’s personal interests that he enjoys in his free time are reading, cooking, and basketball. Areas in chemistry that I am interested in conducting research are analytical chemistry and inorganic chemistry, with a specific interest in electrochemistry.

Jan. 2024 - present

Sam Shircliff (samuel.shircliff [at]

Jan. 2024 - present

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