Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko Research Group



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“Inside GC/MS” microreactor

1st Semester Organic CHEM201

Morgan Springer


 The 1st Annual Chemistry Demonstration at Fisher  did take place on October 27, 2018. The recorded video can be found on Youtube

 Anyone willing to attend a workshop on chemistry demonstrations on March 16th, 2019, please, register at Rochester ACS site


Older news

Ignatchenko, A. V.; Cohen, A.J. Reversibility of the catalytic ketonization of carboxylic acids and of beta-keto acids decarboxylation, Catal. Commun. 2018, 111, 104–107.

Ignatchenko A. V.; McSally J.P.; Bishop M.D.; Zweigle J., Ab initio study of the mechanism of carboxylic acids cross-ketonization on monoclinic zirconia via condensation to beta-keto acids followed by decarboxylation, Mol. Catal., 2017, 441, 35–62.

Ignatchenko, A.V.; Deraddo, J.S.; Marino, V.J.; Mercado, A. Cross-Selectivity in the catalytic ketonization of carboxylic acids. Applied Catal. A: General, 498, 10-24, 2015.

Ignatchenko, A.V.; Kozliak, E.I. Distinguishing Enolic and Carbonyl Components in the mechanism of Carboxylic Acid Ketonization on Monoclinic Zirconia. ACS Catal. 2, 1555–1562, 2012.

Ignatchenko, A.V.; Density Functional Theory Study of Carboxylic Acids Adsorption and Enolization on Monoclinic Zirconia Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (32), 16012–16018, 2011.

Ignatchenko, A.; Nealon, D.; Dushane, R.; Humphries, K. Interaction of Water with Titania and Zirconia Surfaces. J. Mol. Catal. A 256, 57–74, 2006.

Decarboxylation of carboxylic acids

2nd Semester Organic CHEM202

Erik Akselrod

Applied computations

Jordan Walker

Pesticide synthesis

Advanced Organic CHEM432, offered only in Spring, sign up in Fall, space limited to 10


Ammonia synthesis



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Past members

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If you are a Fisher student interested in doing research, we need to talk!

There are many opportunities for you in

·        organic synthesis, preparation of catalysts,

·        surface chemistry, reaction mechanisms,

·        chemical engineering, reaction kinetics, 

·        applied computational chemistry,

·        statistical analysis, and applied math.

Choose almost anything you want depending on your talents and interests!

You may wish to explore current projects on this site or stop by my office for a discussion.


Alexey Ignatchenko.

Office ISHS-105

Phone 585-385-8385




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