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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@ESA_EO: The giant #A68 A iceberg could strike land this month – wreaking havoc near the waters of the #SouthGeorgia Island.
Here's its story- as told by @CopernicusEU Sentinel satellites 👇 https://t.co/WUABqOad7g
Academician A. E. Fersman: His books were amazing, and guided my first steps in geosciences.Thank you MSA for the link! @CEEDOslo @MinSocAm @ENSdeLyon @deepcarb @obslyon @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU

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@haya2e_jaxa: Capsule collection! The helicopter team immediately flew to the location identified by the DFS team. They searched for the fallen capsule by using radio waves and maps. Thank you very much!
(Collection Team M)
#HAYA2Report https://t.co/KSyEbnU3Yd
First crops in space !! https://t.co/CAOrfPDF5k This is absolutely amazing. When we will be millions to live in orbit or on the Moon, we should remember these first radishes !@CEEDOslo @obslyon @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research
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Time is ripe to apply for the PhD opening on hydrogen diffusion in the mantle!

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@pollyp1: Open letter to the Editor-in-Chief of @NatureComms about the AlShebli paper, which claims that training with #WomenInSTEM damages the careers of young scientists https://t.co/NvuBK3Z5T6
@villedelyon Le bibliothèques de Lyon sont fermées!
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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
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
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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