Since the foundation of Kharkov Pharmaceutical Institute in 1921 and till 1944 the course of Physical and Colloid Chemistry had been ascribed to the Department of Inorganic Chemistry. Lectures had been given by the leading physico-chemists Professors G.Ye. Mukhin (1921-1924), O.P. Khamadar’yan (1924-1925), I.S. Teletov (1925-1933), Yu.V. Korshun (1933-1936), T.V. Ass (1937-1941).
In 1944 the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry was organized. Its first Head had become distinguished physico-chemist Professor Nikolay A. Izmaylov who greatly contributed to the progress of pharmaceutical science. From 1948 to 1975 the Department was headed by Associate Professor I.V. Krasovskiy. During that period the staff paid significant attention to the formation of the course of lectures and laboratory works for prospective pharmacists. In 1959 textbook in Physical and Colloid Chemistry for pharmaceutical students was published. In the period form 1976 to 1984 the Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry had been merged with the Department of Analytical Chemistry and was headed by Professors V.D. Bezuglyi (1976-1981) and O.M. Gaydukevich (1981-1984). In 1984 it was decided to reinstate independent Department of Physical and Colloid Chemistry and its Head was appointed Associate Professor V.P. Kolesnik. From 1985 the Department is headed by Professor V.I. Kabachnyy.