The Department of Physical and Colloidal chemistry dates back to 1959, when there was a transfer of the Pharmaceutical Institute from Odessa to our city. From the teaching staff, nobody came. The course of lectures of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry was read by Professor V.P. Gadushko, invited from Dnipropetrovsk State University, and a practical lesson was given by O.A. Vdoviko, who later defended her thesis, received the title of associate professor and worked at the department till 1986. From 1960 to 1961 P.I. Kryzhanivskyi, PhD in Technical Sciences, was the Head of department, and from 1961 to 1967 - associate professor Chernobaiev I.P. During these years assistants Pokhmolkina S.O., Kvashenko A.I. and Sur L.A joined the department. Since 1967, the Department of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry has become an independent course, which was supervised by Pokhmolkina S.O., who defended her PhD thesis in the same year. In 1972, the course on Physical and Colloidal Chemistry was reorganized into a separate department, and the title of assistant professor was awarded to Pokhmolkina S.O. During the management of the department, associate professor Pokhmolkina S.O. made a significant contribution to the development of the department. During this time, the largest laboratory workshop was created, and a large number of teaching materials, that are relevant to the present day, was published.
1959-1973 – these are the years of great turnover of personnel, the creation of the material base of the department, moving it from the location on the Boulevard of Vinter to the new building of the Institute on 26 Mayakovskogo Street. This period was marked by active work on methodological support, pedagogical process and, most importantly, the replenishment of staff. Priakhin O.R., Cherneha H.V., Tkach V.I., who finished and defended the theses, joined the department. The supervise of the theses were the rector of the Dnepropetrovsk Chemical-Technological Institute, academician Loshkarov M.A, professor Halushko V.P., doctor of chemistry professor Panfilov A.V., Doctor of Chemical Sciences, professor Lopushanska A.I. During those years, 7 candidate's dissertations were defended at the department.
Existing experience in the field of electrochemistry determined the direction of further scientific research of the department on the topic: "Electrochemical methods of studying medicinal substances in plant material and ready medical forms". According to research results, more than 250 works were published, more than 20 copyright certificates were received, and a large number of rationalization proposals were approved. Associate Professors Pohmolkina S.O., Vdoviko O.A. and Priakhin O.R. were awarded the honorary title "Honored inventor of the USSR". At the same time, the adsorption capacity of medical drugs, the surface activity of thymol, menthol, ethers and acetylsalicylic acid were studied. For the first time, the staff of the department identified the constants that characterize the temperature stability of adsorption films and the effect on them of the pH environment. The study of the adsorption properties of alkaloids made it possible to determine the single and daily doses of platinum and phosphate. The results were reported at the Third All-Ukrainian Congress of Pharmacists in Chisinau in 1980. During these years, the development of polygraphic, amperometric and conductometric measuring methods of analysis was successfully carried out. Author certificates were obtained on the polygraph determination of platyphilin and senecyfilin in their joint presence, as well as xanthino nicotinate with mefenamino acid and its salts.
The staff of the department has been conducting comprehensive research in tandem with other scientific institutions for many years. So during 1982-1985, in the course of the joint research with the Department of Analytical Chemistry of a comprehensive study on the topic: "Study of the Conditions, Identification and Development of Sensitive Methods of Pharmaceutical Analysis of Organic Medicinal Substances", which was recognized as the best, associate professor of the Department of Physical and Colloidal Chemistry Vdoviko V.A. (co-authored) was awarded a diploma from the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education and a cash prize. The money was transferred to the Chernobyl fund.
Associate Professor Pryakhin O.R. worked closely with the Department of Technology of Medicine. During 1975-1977 he participated in the research of polysaccharide drug propolis, participated in the creation of a technological regulation for the production of the gel "Cappsitol", together with the Department of Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, worked on the creation of a new medicinal
product "Ecocid", registered in the Pharmacological Committee in 1993. Associate Professor Pryakhin O.R. makes a significant contribution to the development of the department and since 2004 holds the post of Dean of the 2nd Pharmaceutical Faculty.
Associate Professor Cherneha H.V. together with the Department of General Chemistry of the Zaporizhzhya State Engineering Academy investigated the possibility of utilization of used solutions of photolithography in the production of semiconductor devices and engaged in problems of non-waste technology of petrochemical and galvanic industries. Taking into account the urgency of the environmental protection of industrial Zaporizhzhia, the department staff conducted studies that address the problems of air pollution and sewage of industrial giants of the city. The method of determination of formaldehyde was developed and the anionic flocculants for the processes of sewage treatment of the enterprise AvtoZAZ were selected. The harmful impurities of the air at the galvanic department of the "Radio Appliance" plant have been identified.
Time passed, the composition of the chair changed. In 1987, after completing his doctoral dissertation, Tkach V.I. traveled to the city of Dnipropetrovsk, where he defended his dissertation and is still managing the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Dnepropetrovsk Chemical and Technical University. Associate professors Vdoviko O.A. and Danilevska L.A., who made a significant contribution to the development of the department and the training of qualified specialists, retired. New employees came to their place: PhD of chemical sciences Roman O.B., associate professor Verba A.V., who led researches in the field of synthesis of biologically active substances, as well as an analysis of electronic spectra of absorption in the UV region in order to establish the relationship between the structure of the substance and its pharmacological action. It should be noted that Roman O.B. in 1982 was sent to the Republic of Cuba where he taught at the National University of Las Villas and assisted in the preparation of national personnel.
In 2011, assistant Avramenko A.I. got her PhD degree; since 2012 she combines work at the department with the post of deputy dean of the 2nd International Faculty. In 2010, assistant Yurchenko I.O., who successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2013 and continues research in the field of analytical and physicochemical toxicology, came to the
department. To date, PhD Yurchenko I.O. holds the position of deputy head of the international department.
In 2012, the teaching staff of the department was headed by Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, associate professor Kaplaushenko A.H., who in the same year launched a new scientific direction of the department aimed at the study of synthetic, physical-chemical and biological properties of derivatives of 5-aryl- and 5-heteryl 1,2,4-triazole-3-thione. Thanks to the new scientific direction, the staff of the department joined the young personnel, namely Shcherbak M.O., Sameluk Yu.H. and Kucheriavyi Yu.M., who successfully fulfill the PhD dissertations considered by the problem committee of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
In 2014, with the support of the university's rectorate, another scientific direction began: the ultra-high-performance chromatospectrometric study of new synthesized substances, plant and biological objects and medicinal products. The work with the new modern equipment leads PhD Varinsky B.O.
During the years 2015-2017, 3 candidate's theses were defended at the department, Shcherbak M.O., Sameleuka Yu.G. and Kucheryavyy Yu.M.
In 2016 it is planned and implemented doctoral thesis as. prof. Varinsky B.O. and PhD thesis as. Frolova Yu.S.
To date, the department is equipped with two modern high-tech laboratories for the conduction of scientific research: the laboratory of liquid chromatospectrometry and the laboratory for the synthesis of biologically active substances. It should be noted that in the given laboratories the students work successfully: young scientists during the last 2 years became winners, laureates and participants of many nationwide and regional scientific competitions and scientific and practical conferences. The results of scientific research have been published in more than 150 scientific articles in Ukraine and abroad. The staff members of the department are the authors of about 100 patents and copyright certificates. Together with other departments, the study of biological activity of new synthesized substances is carried out, works are conducted for introduction into the practice of the new medicinal product “Tiometrizol”, which is an active cytoprotector and can find its application in neurology, cardiology, as well as a means of first aid in acutely hypoxic states.
Teachers of the department train specialists in both the pharmaceutical and medical fields. The teaching and methodological work of the department is constantly being improved and modern methods of teaching and learning are introduced. In 1999, a computer class was created at the department, and in 2011, the computer class was rebuilt, in which testing and training programs are used. In all sections of the course of physical and colloid chemistry, a test bank was created including English electronic versions of teaching aids, lectures and methodological developments. Over the past 2 years, the staff of the department has prepared more than 50 teaching manuals, which have been reviewed and recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. All lectures and laboratory classes are conducted using presentations and educational video films, the quality and list of which are updated all along.