Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko Research Group



Research Projects


Group members



“Inside GC/MS” microreactor

1st Semester Organic CHEM201

Joseph Lapenna

2015.03.27. Tom DiProspero presented on the "Catalytic condensation of ketones with carboxylic acids" at the 249th ACS meeting in Denver, CO

2014.12.12. Tom DiProspero’s research in organic chemistry and conference travelling will be supported by a Fisher Alum. Congratulations, Tom and thanks to our alumni!


2013.10.16. Startup grant has been obtained for using Blacklight” national supercomputer at the

Pittsburg Supercomputing Center

2013.08.16. Joe and Vince presented their poster on enolization kinetics at GRC, in Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. Read the story.


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

Applied computations

Thomas J. DiProspero

Pesticide synthesis

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

Heni Patel

Ammonia synthesis



Students compatibility with professors  


Past members


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 A-105

Phone 585-385-8385




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