Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko Research Group



Research Projects


Group members



“Inside GC/MS” microreactor

1st Semester Organic CHEM201

Morgan Springer

2015.10.10. Max Wilder has started collaboration with the University of Milano, Italy on computational modeling of potassium location on anatase surfaces.


2015.10.01. Materials studio computational package obtained thanks to Fisher research funds and the Chemistry chair Dr. Kris Lantzky support!


2015.06.19. Tom DiProspero made an oral presentation on the “Catalytic condensation of ketones with carboxylic acidsat the international conference, 24th NACS Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.


2015.04.15. US Patent 9,005,422 has been granted on the “Electrochemical process for the preparation of nitrogen fertilizers” in collaboration with Dr. J. Jiang and T.R. Aulich (UND).


Older news

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

Andrew Cohen

Applied computations

Olivia Fraser

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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