Chief Scientific Adviser of Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, JINR

Doctor of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics), Professor, Corresponding member of RAS, Laureate of the RF State Prize.


Institution, address: Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980, Dubna, Russia

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Date and Place of Birth: June 20, 1947, Yakutsk, USSR


Education, scientific degrees and titles
1970 -  graduation with a degree in physics from V.V.Kuibyshev Tomsk State University
1974 -  Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from V.V.Kuibyshev Tomsk State University
1985 -  D.Sc. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from A.V.Steklov Institute of Mathematics of RAS (Moscow)
1994 -  Professor of Department of solid-state physics of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI)
2011 -  Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Professional career

1970 – 1987 Bogolubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Moscow Region
Postgraduate student, Junior Researcher, Senior researcher, Leading research scientist. 
1987 –up to present Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, JINR
Deputy Director, Director, Head of Department, since 2006 Scientific Advisor (on a part-time basis)
2006 – 2012

National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (NRC KI), Moscow
Deputy Director

2012 –  2017 B.P.Konstantinov Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of NRC KI (Gatchina, Leningrad region)
Director, Chief Scientific Advisor (since 2015)
2000 – up to present M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University
Head of Department of Neutronography (on a part-time basis)
2017 – up to present National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (NRC KI), Moscow
Assistant to President of the Center, Chief Scientific Advisor of Ioffe-Röntgen Institute


Research interests and scientific activities:

V.L.Aksenov proposed and developed models in the theory of structural phase transitions, superconductivity, cluster kinetics in solutions. A new research area aimed for long-pulse sources — time-of-flight neutron Fourier diffractometry — was created under his supervision and with his direct involvement. A precision research method for studying magnetic layered nanostructures — method of resonance enhancement of neutron wave field — was proposed and developed with his direct involvement as well. Among his other achievements are the development of methods of neutron nanodiagnostics of biocompatible colloid systems and creation of a methodological base for their use in nanobiotechnologies.
V.L.Aksenov is a head of the time-of-flight neutronography scientific school. He supervised twelve Ph.D. and four D.Sc. degree theses. Prof. Aksenov is the founder and head of the Department of Neutronography of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University and a vice-chairman of Dissertation Committee.


Academic and organizational activities:

1997 – 2001 –  first representative of Russia in the Scientific Council of the European Center for Neutron Research – The Institut Laue-Langevin, ILL (France)

2004 – 2006 –  first President of the Russian Neutron Scattering Society

2012 – 2015 –  a member of the RF Presidential Council for Science and Education

A member of editorial boards of scientific journals, as well as a member of national and international scientific councils.


Prizes and honorary titles

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

2000 – State Prize of the Russian Federation for outstanding contribution 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, 1 monograph and 1 patent



V.L. Aksenov, N.M. Plakida, S. Stamenkovich. Neutron scattering by ferroelectrics. Energoatomizdat, Moscow, 1984. Engl. Transl. World Scientific Publ. Co. Pte Ltd., Singapore, 1990.



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


Some review articles

V.L. Aksenov, A.M. Balagurov. Neutron time-of-flight diffractometry. Phys. Usp. (Physics-Uspekhi), v.39, №9, pp.897-924 (1996).

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

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

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

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

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

T.V. Tropin, Ju.W.P. Schmelzer, V.L. Aksenov. Modern aspects of the kinetic theory of glass transition. Phys. Usp. (Physics-Uspekhi), v.59, №1, pp.42–66 (2016).

V.L. Aksenov, ,A.M. Balagurov. Neutron diffraction on pulsed sources. Phys. Usp. (Physics-Uspekhi), v.59, №3, pp.279–303 (2016).