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Department of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

Address: 22, Kazakova Str., bldg. 16, Oles Honchar DNU, Dnipro
Phone: +38 (056) 776-82-53

The Head of the Department of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry is Stets Nadiya Viktorivna, Candidate of Chemical Sciences (PhD.)

Please visit Department’s webpage to read more about faculty’s research interests and special subjects: http://chem.dnu.dp.ua/caf_inorganic_consist.html

Departments of Physical Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry existed as independent structural units of the University until 2010. They were founded in 1918. Many outstanding chemists (Professors L.V. Pysarzhevskyi, G.Yu. Tymofeev, A.I. Brodskyi, N.A. Rosenberg, V.A. Reuter and others) were among the founders of these departments.

Before WWII research activity of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry focused on the development of conceptions of electronic chemistry under the leadership of Prof. L.V. Pysarzhevsky. Oxidation-reduction processes, corrosion mechanisms and protection were also studied. Faculty members continued to study corrosion-related issues after the war that resulted in the development of a series of corrosion inhibitors. The complexation of transition and biologically active metals was studied in the 1970-90s.

The research of the Department of Physical Chemistry before WWII was mainly devoted to electrolyte solutions and their properties and headed by Prof. V.A. Reuter and Prof. V.S. Finkelshtein. Scientific activity of the Department was closely related to the research area of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR where pioneer studies in isotopes chemistry were carried out under the leadership of Prof. A.I. Brodskyi and where heavy water was produced for the first time in Europe.

The study of isotopes became the research mainstream of the Department after WWII. Since the late 1960s, studies of electrodeposition of metals in the presence of surfactants have been initiated and actively developed under the leadership of Prof. Y.M. Loshkarev.

Since the beginning of the 1990s electrochemical studies have been also conducted by the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Passivation-resistant anodes for chrome plating and innovative processes for copper and zinc plating were developed in the Laboratory of Metal Electrodeposition, which had been founded by Prof. Y.M Loshkarev and Prof. V.F. Vargalyuk in 1988. These findings were implemented in almost a hundred industrial companies.

Nowadays, the research activity of the integrated Department of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry is aimed at the studies of initial stages of metal electrocrystallization and electrochemical reaction mechanisms with the use of quantum-mechanical calculations and physico-chemical methods, the investigation of electrochemical properties of complex compounds, the development of methods of computer modeling and methods of teaching of chemical disciplines.

The Department carries out the state budgetary theme, trains bachelors, masters and PhD students in a specialty «Chemistry», bachelors in «Secondary Education (Chemistry)».

Students and Faculty members of Department of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry actively participate in various University events, national and international scientific conferences etc.