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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)

On the way home after racing in the airport to catch the next flight from the #MoonImpact #exhibition @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU

All the textbook (really!) reconstructions of humanoid fossils are males. Lena rightfully protests @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon #MonImpact #exhibition

So much empty space, hosting half of our #MoonImpact #exhibition @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research @CNRS @INSU_CNRS

Selecting #Mesozoic fossils for Room4 evolution of minerals vs life in the #MoonImpact #exhibition @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research

We (@Astranais ) are taking pictures of each sample for the #MoonImpact #exhibition so our wizard Léna can put everything together @ERC_Research @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo @CORDIS_EU

On the way for the #MoonImpact #exhibition looking at the sub-carpathians @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research @CEEDOslo

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