Born on June 20th 1947 in Yakutsk

Director of B.P.Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of National Research Center «Kurchatov Institute» in 2012-2015.

Science Director of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute named by B.P.Konstantinov of National Research Centre «Kurchatov Institute» in 2015-2017.

Professor, RAN corresponding member, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics

Education, scientific degrees and titles
  • 1965-1970 Tomsk State University, Faculty of Physics.
  • 1974 First degree doctoral thesis in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics in Tomsk State University.
  • 1985 Full degree doctoral thesis in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics in A.V.Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow)
  • Since 1994 Professor of Solid State Physics Chair.
  • Since 2011 Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Professional activities
  • 1970-1987 Bogolubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Moscow Region - Postgraduate student, Researcher, Senior researcher, Leading researcher.
  • 1987-2006 Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the JINR - Deputy Director, Director, Head of Department.
  • 2006–up to the present Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics of the JINR - Science Director (on part-time basis).
  • 2006–2012 National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (NRC KI), Moscow - Deputy Director.
  • 2012–up to the present B.P.Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of the NRC KI (Gatchina, Leningrad region) – Director, Science Director (since October 20th, 2015).
Teaching activities
  • 1986-1990 Professor of Nuclear Physics Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University (on part-time basis).
  • 1990-2000 Professor of Solid State Department of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (on part-time basis).
  • 2000-up to the present Chair of Department of Neutronography of Lomonosov Moscow State University (on part-time basis).

Academic interests and main achievement

Condensed matter physics: neutron scattering by nanostructural materials, low dimensional magnetics, cluster state of magnetic nanofluids and fullerene water solutions.

A new research area in structural neutronography - time-of-flight neutron Fourier diffractometry – was created under his supervision and with his direct involvement; a precision research method for layered nanostructures - method of waveguide-enhanced amplification of magnetic scattering of polarized neutrons – was proposed and developed with his direct involvement as well.

Among the other achievements are:

  • development of methods of neutron nanodiagnostics of biocompatible colloid systems based on fullerene water solutions and magnetic nanofluids;
  • creation of a methodic base for their use in nanobiology;
  • discovery of the following new structural effects in nano- and biosystems and their detailed study (interdomain mobility of unstructured proteins; deformation of lipid vesicles by magnetic field; transverse alignment of nanoparticles in layered copolymers;reverse proximity effect in a ferromagnet/superconductor layered system).

Victor L. Aksenov is a leader of the time-of-flight structural neutronography scientific school; as a scientific adviser, he trained 12 first degree Doctors of Science and 4 full degree Doctors of Science. Prof. Aksenov is the founder of the Department of Neutronography of Lomonosov Moscow State University and its active chair, as well as a deputy chair of the thesis committee.

Management and research activities

A member of editorial boards of the journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as national and international scientific councils.

2012 – 2015 - a member of the RF President Council for Science and Education.

1997 – 2001 – a member of Scientific Council of the European Center for Neutron Research - The Institut Laue-Langevin, ILL (France).


Prizes and honorary titles

1998 - Honorary member of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society (Hungary).

2000 - State Prize of the Russian Federation for outstanding contributions in Science and Technology.

2007 - Honorary worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation.



1996 - Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation

1996 - Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland


Scientific publications

Over 200 scientific papers published, 1 monography and 1 patent.



Aksenov V.L., Plakida N.M. and Stamenkovich S. Neutron scattering by ferroelectrics. Energoatomizdat, Moscow, 1984; Engl. Transl. World Scientific, Singapore, 1990.



Aksenov V.L., Nikitenko Yu.V. Method of determining spatial distribution of magnetic moment in nanolayer, Moscow, 2009.


Some review papers

Aksenov V.L., Ignatovich V.K. and Nikitenko Yu.V. Neutron standing waves in layered systems. Crystallography Reports, 2006, v. 51, No. 5, p. 734.

Aksenov V.L. Some new aspects of polarized neutron optics. Priroda (Russian Nature), 2008, No. 9, p. 52.

Aksenov V.L. Pulsed Neutron Sources. Usp. Fiz. Nauk (Physics – Uspekhi), 2009, v. 179, p. 434.

Avdeev M.V. and Aksenov V.L. Small-angle neutron scattering in structure research of magnetic fluids. Usp. Fiz. Nauk (Physics – Uspekhi), 2010, v. 180, No. 10, p. 1009.

Aksenov V.L., Avdeev M.V. and Tropin T.V. Models of cluster formation in solutions of fullerenes. Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2010, v. 84, No. 8, p. 1273.

Aksenov V.L. Neutron research of carbon nanostructures. Russian nanotechnologies, 2011, №7-8, p. 1.

T.V. Tropin, Ju.W.P. Schmelzer, V.L. Aksenov. Modern aspects of the kinetic theory of glass transition. Usp. Fiz. Nauk (Physics – Uspekhi), 2015.

Aksenov V.L., Balagurov A.M. Neutron diffraction on pulsed sources. Usp. Fiz. Nauk (Physics – Uspekhi), 2016.


фгбу пияф им. Б. П. Константинова Национальный исследовательский центр Курчатовский институт