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)

Classes move to Vienna as Hungary makes rare decision to oust university https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/16/ceu-classes-move-to-vienna-orban-hungary-ousts-university?CMP=share_btn_tw

[Revue de presse #LGLTPE] De la vie sur les #superterres ?

"Observer la surface d'une étoile permet d'obtenir des indices sur la #chimie et la composition d'une planète" explique @r_caracas @CNRS @ENSdeLyon.


#minéralogie #planétologie

End of nice and fruitful visit at the plasma physics group in Rostock @ERC_Research @ENSdeLyon @obslyon @CEEDOslo @univrost

On my way to Rostock, to serve on a DFG panel and later on work on a FeO paper @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS #moonimpact

Article about #ChemicalSpeciation in pyrolite melts in JGR Solid Earth #agupubs with @Solomatova_NV https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JB018238
@ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU #MoonImpact

A demonstration of the conservation of angular momentum using a Hoberman sphere. Angular momentum depends on the rotational velocity of an object, and on its rotational inertia. When an object changes its shape, its angular velocity will also change.

Open position for Assistant for the #MoonImpact exhibition. Outreach of the @ERC_Research project IMPACT @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @obslyon
Please apply at: http://bit.ly/2NkZpsJ

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