Prof. Elena Kustova

Head of Chair,
Professor, Doctor in Physics and Mathematics


1988: Master degree in Mechanics, Leningrad State University.

1988-1993: Post-graduate student in Saint Petersburg State University.

1993: PHD degree in Mechanics.

1996: Post-doctoral fellowship at I.U.S.T.I., University of Provence, France.

2000-2002: Doctorant in Saint Petersburg State University.

2003: Doctor of Science degree in Mechanics.

Professional Experience

1993-1997: Researcher, Science Research Institute for Mathematics and Mechanics named by V.I. Smirnov, Saint Petersburg State University.
1998-2003: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Saint Petersburg State University. 2000-2002: Associate Professor in Science and Technology, Institute of Industrial Thermal Systems (I.U.S.T.I.), University of Provence, France.
Since 2003: Professor, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Saint Petersburg State University.
Since 2014: Head of Hydroaeromechanics chair.
2000-2015: Invited professor at University Aix-Marseiile (France), University of Bari (Italy), von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Belgium), Federal University of Parana (Brazil).
2015: Professor of Russian Academy of Science.

Professional Honors

1993-1996: Personal Grant from Russian Government for Research 
1995: Personal Grant for young scientist from Saint Petersburg city
1996: Personal Grant for young scientist from Saint Petersburg city
1997-2000: Personal Grant for Research from the Presidency of Russia
2001: Personal Grant for young scientist from Saint Petersburg city
2005: Laureate of the Saint Petersburg University Prize for "Scientific Research"
2010: Diploma of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science

Research Activities
  • Kinetic models of relaxation and transport processes in strong non-equilibrium flows.
  • Transport and thermodynamic properties of polyatomic gas mixtures with internal degrees of freedom and chemical reactions.
  • Transport coefficients under non-equilibrium conditions.
  • Heat and mass transfer in non-equilibrium reactive flows.


Author of more than 200 publications, among them 2 monographs (Saint-Petersburg University Press 2003 and Springer Verlag 2009), papers in Journal of Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters, Physica A, Physics of Fluids, Physical Review E, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer and others.

Scientific-organizing work
  • Member of the Scientific Council for candidate and doctoral thesis's D 212.232.30.
  • Organizing of annual stages for students of the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics in Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TSAGI, Zhukovskiy).
  • Conference organization. Member of International Advisory Committee of International Symposia on Rarefied Gas Dynamics.
  • Member of Editorial board of journals Fundamental and Applied Hydrophysics of RAS; Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

International Scientific Activity

Joint scientific work with the groups from Bari University (Italy), University of Provence (Marseille, France), Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Brussels, Belgium), Federal University of Parana (Brazil). joint projects with European Space Agency. Invited lectures at

  • Issues in Solving the Boltzmann Equation for Aerospace Applications, June 3-7, 2013, ICERM, Brown University, Providence, USA;
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamic Flow and Combustion Control by Plasmas 2013, Aerospace Thematic Workshop April 7-12, 2013, Aussois, France;
  • 53d Course: Molecular Physics and Plasmas in Hypersonics II Erice-Sicily, September 8-15, 2012;
  • RTO-AVT- VKI Lecture Series Models and computational methods for rarefied flows, January 24-28, 2011, von Karman Institute, Belgium.

  • The influence of compressibility on non-equilibrium chemical reaction rates. Contract with European Space Agency № 19032/05/NL/PA, 2008-2010.
  • 2010-2016: 8 projects supported by Saint Petersburg University.
  • 2010-2016: 3 projects supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research.
  • 2015: Grant from Russian Science Foundation.
  • Exploring angular-momentum phenomenology in aerothermodynamics and MHD. Contract with European Space Agency, Sub-Contract No. D/224/67215053 to ESA Contract No. 4000113974, 2015-2016.