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 @r_caracas twiiter feed.

2 different #manuscripts submitted to @NatureGeosci this year. Both laid for 7 weeks on the editor’s desk before a decision of rejection without review! This is totally appalling and unacceptable. @INSU_CNRS @CNRS @CEEDOslo @ERC_Research @ENSdeLyon Shame on you @NatureGeosci

The #AGUChapmanArctic meeting is underway in Selfoss, Iceland! CEED Director Carmen Gaina welcomes attendees prior to the Icebreaker talk by John Tarduno. @theAGU


This mp3 of a molecular dynamics simulation of shock compression and release of tantalum provides an atomistic view of the excellent video posted by @bencbartlett: https://t.co/cmdJmeNOzL via @YouTube

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