Web site: http://niichem.univer.kharkov.ua
The Research Institute of Chemistry (established in 1929) is the first research institute founded at Kharkiv University. Today it consists of 4 research departments: Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Solutions, Department of Radiochemistry and Radioecology, Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Astrochemistry. It has a certified center for experimental data standardization, a molecular interaction laboratory, a glass furnace, specialized library and computer network. On the Institute staff there are 1 Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Higher School of Ukraine, 6 Doctors of Sciences and over 20 PhDs. The research activity combines both fundamental and applied projects. The Institute conducts the following studies: metal ionization processes in water and water-organic solutions; development of waste-free resource-saving technologies for instrument engineering and machine building enterprises; experimental and theoretical study of association processes for certain classes of organic chromophores accompanied by change of spectral-luminiscent properties of solutions which can be applied in chemical analysis; structure and photonics of abnormally high stokes shift organic luminophores; development and application of radioactive indicators method for resolving tasks in the field of Chemistry, Radiobiology and Radioecology; theoretical study of electric and magnetic properties of molecules and molecular systems, computer modeling of chemical equilibrium of stellar and planetary masses.
The research findings also include patented processes for: retrieval of copper-bearing compounds and recycling of used etching solutions; determining quantities of chemical toxicants (surface-active substances and others); determining quantities of biologically active components (flavonoids, anthocyanins, carotene sulphur and others) in phytogenous products; forming high-temperature superconductor layers on metal and dielectric surfaces. The Institutes also develops new therapeutic medicine for protecting human body from radiation damage. Some of them have already been tested and gone into commercial production. The Institute successfully cooperates with more than 10 national and foreign research centers in the USA, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden, Turkey and other countries.
The Institute provides postgraduate courses for doctorate and senior doctorate degrees. The laboratory facilities of the Institute are also used for training University students and specialists from other organizations. The Institute, in cooperation with the School of Chemistry, publishes annual Kharkiv National University Bulletin. Chemistry. The Institute researchers actively participate in the teaching process at the University: they give lectures, run laboratory classes, supervise students’ graduation papers, work with talented students and schoolchildren.