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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.

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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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Sunset in Granada, after the first day of #EPSC2022 Nice to be among so many planetologists @CEEDOslo @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @IPGP_officiel https://t.co/6n8PtCVhNU
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@AstroSamantha: @esa @esaspaceflight Conservation of Angular Momentum Part 2⃣
Although there is no initial movement and no contact with any "wall", my body starts to rotate to compensate for my legs spinning in the other direction. #MissionMinerva #AngularMomentum #SpaceTok @esa @esaspaceflight @Space_Station https://t.co/Epp938I8vw
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@RetailleauLise: Come work with us at @ObsFournaise on seismic swarms on active faults and volcanoes https://t.co/iY030ZZvvb
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@NASAExoplanets: Early in our solar system, there was no Moon. Scientists think it was created after a Mars-sized planet smashed into a young, molten Earth billions of years ago. https://t.co/qlURu7CgC1 https://t.co/dhsJGqucLO
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@Sanae_Prime @MineralCup See Note 3 in https://t.co/OJOk4zA2Sn. CaTiO3 #perovskite is a refractory mineral (forms and is stable at high temperature) and was one of the first to condense also in our planetary nebula.
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@MineralCup Vote for #calaverite, AuTe2, in #MinCup2022 - a mineral whose structure is aperiodically distorted! It is also only one of a handful to undergo an isosymmetrical phase transition (at high pressure).
Mineralogists from #Mineralogy2022, vote in @MineralCup ! https://t.co/UmjX6pmZ5z
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@willerstorfi: 6 assistant/associate professor positions in Earth Science department at VU Amsterdam including positions in paleoclimate, carbon cycle, and atmospheric dynamics https://t.co/XjbpeIltls
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Opening of the #MoonImpact exhibition in #Plovdiv with a huge crowd from the Carpatho-Balcanic Geological Association Congress @iluvminerals @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @INSU_CNRS @IPGP_officiel @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon https://t.co/DO0Zr2amHe
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@olivertlord: The glacier monitoring service of #Switzerland, @glamos_ch, has closed it's monitoring station on the #Corvatsch glacier, because there is no ice to measure - it didn't survive the heatwave. Switzerland has warmed by 2C over the last 150 years.
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@Genci_fr @BigscienceW @INS2I_CNRS @FeteScience @sup_recherche @SGPI_avenir @ReVe6el @CNRS @CEA_Officiel @Inria @FranceUniv Un des meilleurs superordinateurs en fonction aujourd’hui, desservi par un staff tout autant excellent. Merci @Genci_fr ! So much amazing work was done on this machine. @INSU_CNRS @IPGP_officiel @CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU
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@Genci_fr: Vous voulez voir notre supercalculateur Jean Zay a l Idris (Orsay) et découvrir le modèle de langage Bloom @BigscienceW alors on vous attend lors de la #FDS2022 🤩 @INS2I_CNRS @FeteScience @sup_recherche @SGPI_avenir @ReVe6el #IA @CNRS @CEA_Officiel @Inria @FranceUniv https://t.co/qH4A8kPFse
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If you are a mineralogy fan, vote in the #MinCup2022 @MineralCup and so celebrate the international year of #Mineralogy2022 as part of @IYBSSD2022 https://t.co/6Dz61NtLhy
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Welcome to science twitter! @AnneDav68780892
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Computational team building as a fishing trip in the Oslo fjord with Ana, Anne, Ozge, and Sarah @CEEDOslo @CompSci_UiO @forskningsradet https://t.co/LtE4ZBUuWK
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