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I am a computational mineral physicist whose research spans a wide range of topics in planetary mineralogy, going from the supercritical state that dominated the protolunar disk, to the internal structure of exoplanets. With the help of atomistic simulations, I try to understand the Earth’s evolution during Hadean, decipher the formation and evolution of the primordial atmosphere and hydrosphere, and explore what conditions planets must fulfill to make prebiotic chemistry thrive.

Over the years I have worked on all the major mineral components of the deep Earth, on water ice and other molecular crystals, and on a series of technological materials. I have a background in both Geology and Materials Sciences. After undergraduate studies at the Univ. of Bucharest (Romania) where I worked on crystal morphology, I pursued a PhD degree working on the physical properties of modulated crystals at the Catholic Univ. of Louvain (Belgium). My activity in high-pressure mineral physics took off at the University of Minnesota (USA) and continued during the Carnegie Fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (USA), and the Humboldt Fellowship at the Univ. of Bayreuth (Germany). Nowadays I am a senior researcher at the Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (France).

 

 

 

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Poste IE en développement python @IPGP_officiel a partir de 1 mars 2023. Développement et parallélisation du package UMD (https://t.co/IGdiao6mLK) dans le cadre de l'@erc_Research IMPACT @CORDIS_EU @erc @INSU_CNRS
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Adrien and Fanny talking about #FAIR data and various #openaccess #licenses @IPGP_officiel @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @CEEDOslo A very important aspect of our research nowadays https://t.co/VOPgQ5eNCY
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After the little grey elephant (aka #vapor #liquid immiscibility dome) a nice poster #agu2022 about the UMD code (https://t.co/7grKGii7f5) @ERC_Research @IPGP_officiel @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo
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@AGuitou: Razvan Caracas (@IPGP_officiel @INSU_CNRS ) showing a small grey elephant to explain how the Moon formed at #AGU2022 conference. https://t.co/nXwfYBuOLJ
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Just when you would think that #AGU2022 is getting better, you stumble on a one hour long queue to pick up your badge https://t.co/1lqgDveKwN
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As #AGU2022 is approaching, visiting Dept Earth Sciences at @UChicago nice discussions and many projects about #minerals #atmosphere #planets and #exoplanets with some #coffee on the side @IPGP_officiel @INSU_CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @CEEDOslo https://t.co/ullPFzdBgN
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@CNRS: 🇺🇸🇫🇷 En marge de la visite officielle du président @EmmanuelMacron aux États-Unis, le @CNRS vient d’inaugurer son 4e International research center (IRC), signé avec l'@UChicago, en présence de @sretailleau, ministre @sup_recherche.

➡️ https://t.co/li4AlVoCaR
#CNRSinternational🌎 https://t.co/3RCyRybQGK
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@NobelPrize: "If you want to be a scientist, you have to withstand failure."

Listen to chemistry laureate Ben Feringa give advice to young science students on how to tackle failures.

Watch the full student session with Feringa here: https://t.co/JOfBlQK7qg https://t.co/aOvDBhvc4x
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Yet more nice and good news: Elected fellow of the @MinSocAm Such an immense honor! I am deeply grateful. @IPGP_officiel @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @CNRS_Paris @UniOslo @ERC_Research @ERCGrantees @CORDIS_EU @univ_paris_cite https://t.co/SoAmGn06pw
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@PhysicsToday: Marie Curie was born #OTD 1867. Best known for her pioneering work on radioactivity, she also developed medical x-ray equipment and led efforts to deploy it to the battlefield during World War I #IDMP2022 @aapmHQ https://t.co/AVYuUefHam
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@MinSocAm: American Mineralogist:
Jadeite and related species in shocked meteorites: Limitations on inference of shock conditions

https://t.co/8SeAKdnhau
Baziotis et al. show that additional techniques are required in order to identify jadeite and distinguish it from related species.
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@qianyuan_geo: Interested in joining a panel discussion about early Earth and the Moon with 9 experts? @r_caracas, @DrSteveElardo, @yoshi_planetes, @DrRockChef, @RalucaRufu, Sandrine Péron, Alexander J. Evans, Prasun Mahanti, Sen Hu. Submit to our #AGU22 session: https://t.co/3D8P7bDGde https://t.co/ZNoYS0N7nC
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@IPGP_officiel: Ce soir, Sébastien Charnoz, astrophysicien @IPGP_officiel & @univ_paris_cite, commentera en direct pour @cieletespace, l'impact de #DARTMission de @NASA sur l'#astéroïde Dimorphos 🛰️☄️! Rendez-vous cette nuit à 1h14 👇 https://t.co/YfkQXYdgOa
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@UniOslo: UiO har fått hele fem Sentre for fremragende forskning! 👏– Tildelingen viser at UiO er helt i forskningsfronten, med faglige miljøer av ypperste kvalitet som utfører fremragende forskning av stor betydning for samfunnet, sier @sveinstlen https://t.co/Bu02nWxqMn
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@sveinstlen: Gratulerer og stor takk! 👇🙏🥂 https://t.co/nyZb4XVlOT
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