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.

Working on an exhibition on the #Giant_Impact, accretion, and the evolution of the mineral world at #Bucharest #Geology #Museum @CEEDOslo @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon #moonimpact

Finishing @goldschmidt2019 after several talks on the protolunar disk and one keynote on vibrational spectroscopy @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS #moonimpact @ERC_Research

Interested in #palaeomag data from Iceland? The new ICEPMAG database with 9491 sites has you covered! https://t.co/BG2iVqvtCL Tonti-Filippini and Brown (2019). https://t.co/J1pACibQK6

Natalia Solomatova talking about our recent exciting results on the "Carbon chemistry in Early Earth's Magma Ocean" @COMPRES Annual Meeting, Montana, USA 2019, @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon #GiantImpact #MoonImpact

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