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I am a computational mineral physicist interested in the functioning of planetary interiors.

I have a background in Geology and Materials Science. After undergraduate studies at the Univ. of Bucarest where I worked on crystal morphology, I pursued with a PhD degree working on the physical properties of modulated crystals at the Catholic Univ. of Louvain. My activity in high-pressure mineral physics took off at the Univ of Minnesota and continued during two fellowships (Carnegie Fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Humboldt Fellowship at the Univ. of Bayreuth). Over the years I have worked on all the major minerals and phases of the deep Earth, on water ice and other molecular crystals, and on a series of technological materials.

Nowadays my research spans a wide range of interests in planetary mineralogy, going from the supercritical state that dominated the early stages of the condensation of the protolunar disk all the way to the deep interior of the Earth and super-Earths, passing through planetary surfaces and mineral identification based on vibrational spectroscopy.

Giant Impacts
Deep Interiors

Planetary surfaces
Smart materials

NEWS (from twitter feed)

There's a goldmine of #AGU19 videos being uploaded to @theAGU YouTube channel right now! Great news for those of us not there šŸ¤“ https://www.youtube.com/user/AGUvideos/videos

#agu2019 centennial talk on what atoms tell us about #moonimpact @CEEDOslo @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @ENSdeLyon

On the way to #agu2019 Santa came already on a few boats in Monterey @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon @obslyon

Stop @UCLA before going to #AGU2019 to share atomistic simulations and hugoniots of the #moonimpact @ERC_Research @ENSdeLyon @obslyon @CEEDOslo

Getting ready for a talk on the #MoonImpqct exhibition and #communicatingscience @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research

Talk on ā€œatomistic simulations of magmasā€ @CEEDOslo for the Scientific Advisory Board @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU

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