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

I have a background in Geology and in Materials Science. After undergraduate studies at the Univ. of Bucharest 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 University 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.

NEWS (from my twitter feed)

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@agi_a_kiraly: Two Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Fellowships in Computational Geophysics are open @CEEDOslo as part of the cross-disciplinary COMPSCI program https://t.co/2eS1nTEHts
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@CEEDOslo: PhD positions 1. Computational Modelling of Hydrogen Diffusion in Upper Mantle Silicates
2. Computational Modelling of Anisotropic Viscosity for Mantle Convection @r_caracas https://t.co/j8RbPhT06M
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After a day of brush washing rocks / samples for the #MoonImpact @Exhibition time for “a night at the opera” @CEEDOslo @obslyon @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @ENSdeLyon https://t.co/99cKXgTi2G
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Because of #COVIDー19 The #MoonImpact exhibition will open only in March 2021. On my way to the @muzeulartabv @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo to pack rocks and minerals https://t.co/sWBpejmZ8r
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@danielsp: 🚨 Have you benefited from #Horizon2020? If so, help saving its successor #HorizonEurope from chronic underfunding. Please write directly to your head of state or government, ideally before the next European Council. You can find templates at https://t.co/CFuZqgFSpU Tempus fugit! https://t.co/irAW6wlI0i
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#Raman #spectroscopy is such an amazing tool. Check out how you can use it to map #deformation under a #microscope : https://t.co/pk9eYznUX7 @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon
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First “real” meeting after covid: European high pressure research group in Tenerife - look for https://t.co/tsYftCVLxv @CORDIS_EU @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon https://t.co/5vKoePs7Jf
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@ERC_Research: “It’s clear that, if Europe is to be competitive globally, it needs to give excellent prospects to the next generation of researchers as these ERC Starting Grants do, and to invest much more in top blue sky research!”- ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon https://t.co/2Alard7kOc https://t.co/s0Ok5nvpco
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