Dr. Dr. Ilia A. Solov'yov

Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
3121 Beckman Institute for
Advanced Science and Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana
Illinois 61801, USA
Tel: +1-(217)-244-0177 | Fax: +1-(217)-244-6078
E-mail: ilia@illinois.edu

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  • Candidate of Sciences in Theoretical Physics (equivalent to Ph.D.) (2009) - A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Oleg V. Konstantinov

  • Ph.D. in Physics with Honors (summa cum laude) (2008) - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Walter Greiner, and Prof. Dr. Klaus Schulten

  • Master of Sciences in Physics with Honors (2006) - St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Solov’yov

  • Diploma in Physics with Honors (2004) - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Walter Greiner, and Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Solov’yov

  • Bachelor of Sciences in Physics with Honors (2004) - St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Advisor: Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Solov’yov

Research Interests

Quantum and classical phenomena in biology and nanophysics including
  • sensory systems in Nature and laboratory;
  • magnetoreception mechanisms in animals;
  • vibrationally assisted olfaction;
  • computational biology and photobiology;
  • ab initio transformations in biomolecules;
  • self-assembly and stability of molecular systems on the nanoscale;
Theoretical and computational methods including
  • classical and quantum molecular dynamics;
  • multiscale approach;
  • Monte-Carlo based methods;
  • free energy methods;
  • global optimization methods;
  • linear scaling methods;

Representative Publications (of 68 total)

    1. I.A. Solov’yov, T. Domratcheva, A.R. Moughal Shahi, K. Schulten. Decrypting cryptochrome: revealing the molecular identity of the photoactivation reaction. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 18046 (2012).

    2. I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Yakubovich, P.V. Nikolaev, I. Volkovets, A.V. Solov’yov. MesoBio-Nano Explorer – a universal program for multiscale computer simulations of complex molecular structure and dynamics. J. Comp. Chem. 33, 2412 (2012).

    3. I.A. Solov’yov, P.-Y. Chang, K. Schulten. Vibrationally assisted electron transfer mechanism of olfaction: myth or reality? Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 13861 (2012).

    4. I.A. Solov’yov, K. Schulten. Reaction kinetics and mechanism of magnetic field effects in cryptochrome. J. Phys. Chem. B 116 1089 (2012).

    5. X. Zou, W. Ma, I.A. Solov’yov, C. Chipot, K. Schulten. Recognition of methylated DNA through methyl-CpG binding domain proteins. Nucl. Ac. Res. 40, 2747 (2012).

    6. V.V. Dick, I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Solov’yov. Fragmentation pathways of nanofractal structures on surfaces. Phys. Rev. B 84, 115408 (2011).

    7. I.A. Solov’yov, H. Mouritsen, K. Schulten. Acuity of a cryptochrome and vision-based magnetoreception system in birds. Biophys. J. 99, 40 (2010).

    8. I.A. Solov’yov, K. Schulten, W. Greiner. Nur dem Schnabel nach? (in German). Physik Journal 5, 23 (2010).

    9. J. Geng, I.A. Solov’yov, D.G. Reid, P. Skelton, A.E.H. Wheatley, A.V. Solov’yov, B.F.G Johnson. Fullerene-based one-dimensional crystalline nanopolymer formed through topochemical transformation of the parent nanowire. Phys. Rev. B 81, 214114 (2010).

    10. I.A. Solov’yov, K. Schulten. Magnetoreception through cryptochrome may involve superoxide. Biophys. J 96, 4804 (2009).

    11. I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Yakubovich, A.V. Solov’yov, W. Greiner. Alpha-helix<->random coil phase transition: analysis of ab initio theory predictions. Eur. Phys. J. D 46, 227 (2008).

    12. I.A. Solov’yov, W. Greiner. Theoretical analysis of an iron mineral-based magnetoreceptor model in birds. Biophys. J. 93, 1493 (2007).

    13. I.A. Solov’yov, D.E. Chandler, K. Schulten. Magnetic field effects in Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome-1. Biophys. J. 92, 2711 (2007).

    14. A.V. Yakubovich, I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Solov’yov, W. Greiner. Phase transition in polypeptides: a step towards the understanding of protein folding. Eur. Phys. J. D 40, 363 (2006).

    15. I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Solov’yov, W. Greiner, A. Koshelev, A. Shutovich. Cluster growing process and a sequence of magic numbers. Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 053401 (2003).

    16. I.A. Solov’yov, A.V. Solov’yov, W. Greiner. Structure and properties of small sodium clusters. Phys. Rev. A 65, 053203 (2002).