Principal Investigator

Andrew J. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Email: aj.wilson [at]

Phone: (502) 852-9279

Office: CHEM 151

Postdoctoral Scholars

May 2021 - present

Padmanabh Joshi (padmanabh.joshi [at]
Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law, 2020
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 2015

B.Tech. Institute of Chemical Technology, 2010

Dr. Joshi was born and brought up in the state of Maharashta, India and attended the Institute of Chemical Technology (University of Mumbai) where he completed his B.Tech. in surface coating and polymer science technology. Following graduation, he joined the lab of Prof. Peng Zhang at the University of Cincinnati for graduate studies, where he developed optically-active nanomaterials for versatile applications. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in analytical/physical chemistry and moved to Temple University to do postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof. Katherine Willets. There his research was focused on developing optical readouts to report on electrochemical events at the nanoscale. Dr. Joshi worked as an intellectual property rights professional (IPR) in India from 2019 to the end of 2020 before joining the Wilson Lab as a postdoctoral research associate. His research is focused on revealing intermediates in electrochemical transformations using spectroelectrochemical techniques.

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

Undergraduate Students

An Tran (hoang.tran [at]

Before pursuing a Chemistry Major (B.S.) at UofL, I studied chemistry at the VNUHCM-University of Science in Vietnam for 5 years. It took me such a long time to finally persuade myself that chemistry is right for me. Now I am at UofL, continuing my undergraduate program with many more exciting experiences. I started my first undergraduate research project in Summer 2021. My research goal is to use light to direct the anisotropic growth of metal nanostructures and study their utility as catalysts in electrochemical reactions. In my leisure time, I enjoy watching and practicing calligraphy, listening to music, and chatting with my friends and relatives in Vietnam.

June 2021 - present