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Professor Ilya Kuprov

Professor Ilya Kuprov

Professor of Physics

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Ilya Kuprov is a Professor of Physics at the University of Southampton and a Deputy Editor at Science Advances. He has recently published a major monograph on spin physics.

Ilya is a magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging specialist with a particular focus on large-scale computer simulation of magnetic processes in chemical and biological systems; this includes quantum optimal control, and a programme of research, recently funded by Leverhulme Trust, into the relevant machine learning methods.

IK's Spin Dynamics Group at the University of Southampton are currently global leaders in large-scale simulations of magnetic resonance systems: they invented linear complexity scaling methods for time-domain spin dynamics. All previous simulation tools had exponential complexity scaling.

The applications work in Ilya’s group includes photosynthetic reaction systems, lanthanide contrast agents for MRI, and artificial intelligence methods. They recently reported the first fully quantum mechanical simulation of a protein-size spin system – something that was previously believed to be fundamentally impossible due to computational complexity of the task.