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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)

r_caracas Retweeted
@AcadSciences: 🏅DISTINCTION | La Grande Médaille, la récompense la plus prestigieuse de l’Académie des sciences, vient d’être décernée à la biochimiste Katalin Karikó pour ses recherches pionnières ayant permis la mise au point des #vaccins à #ARN messager.
➡️https://t.co/5SHqmo0By2 https://t.co/fErqA9QNiQ
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The actual physical move to @IPGP_officiel has started! There are a few openings at the master, PhD, and postdoc level in the new group. Don’t hesitate to spread the word!@INSU_CNRS @AGU_MRP @SEDI_AGU @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU https://t.co/yySn1uQlzo
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r_caracas Retweeted
@IPGP_officiel: 🗓️#SaveTheDate, mardi 16 novembre 18h30, #conférence grand public à @IPGP_officiel "Le #magnétisme terrestre🧭, invisible mais omniprésent !" par France Lagroix (@Lagroix5), 1er rendez-vous d'un cycle exceptionnel de 9 conférences pour notre centenaire ! ➡️https://t.co/PieZtWfusO https://t.co/ftLtdyEau2
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Field trip to the ancient silver mines of Lavrion, with the oldest theater ever built, UMD school of Athens @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @IPGP_officiel @CEEDOslo https://t.co/ftQFoxefJh
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r_caracas Retweeted
@ERC_Research: “The challenge is to try to get everyone to see that Europe needs to put more money into basic research”, says Maria Leptin @mleptin just ahead of taking the helm of the European Research Council.👇 https://t.co/w2FlQun2Zz https://t.co/liBtM3e225
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Postdoctoral opening @CEEDOslo @UniOslo on the @forskningsradet project HIDDEN to study noble gases partitioning from #abinitio molecular dynamics and thermodynamic integration or #machinelearning Apply at: https://t.co/X7rItAo4Ee Please spread the word! @MinSocAm @APSphysics https://t.co/B4S9yooiH2
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r_caracas Retweeted
@INSU_CNRS: #RésultatScientifique
L’#atmosphère primitive terrestre🌏 a longtemps été riche en #CO2 et pauvre en #eau💧
➡️ https://t.co/cW5LKd61Rv https://t.co/SkRCsvqeBN
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Amazing folds formed by extension in #Ordovician shales and nodular limestones in the Oslo basin @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo https://t.co/BioAuehpM3
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For the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France it is time to submit a session get involved keep #mineralogy active!
https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4
We plan to have large participation from all over the world @MinSocAm @soc_min_pet @MinSoc_UK @MineralCup @EspanolaSem @EurJMineral @INSU_CNRS https://t.co/KolKPTZp7y
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For the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France. Submit a session, get involved, keep #mineralogy active!
https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4
We plan to have large participation from all over the world! @ign_petrology @EGU_GMPV @EGU_SEarth @EuroGeosciences @geosociety @Geo_ESRF @GeoScienceWorld https://t.co/fWbptgOcuV
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"Mineralogy & Space" at the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France. Submit a session, get involved!
https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4
We plan to have large participation from all over the world! @exploreplanets @AGUPlanetary @AGU_MRP @SEDI_AGU @AGUvgp @NASAMars https://t.co/c46wdv7uFi
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r_caracas Retweeted
@CEEDOslo: 🚨 Job - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in mineralogy or condensed matter physics or chemistry open for applications. Part of HIDDEN @RCN_Norway-funded project with @r_caracas. https://t.co/4lkyyVfiuJ
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r_caracas Retweeted
@ProfessorTanvir: A potential PhD candidate applied to our lab for an open position and requested the following answers. Well done for asking clear questions before your application. Every PhD candidate should be aware of these. @PhDchatter @PhDVoice https://t.co/2mIgyYxkve
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Massive CO2 contribution of magma ocean to early Earth atmosphere #EUfunded https://t.co/LUUoy6rSfc @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo
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"Mineralogy & Space" at the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France. Submit a session, get involved!
https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4
We plan to have large participation from all over the world! @exploreplanets @AGUPlanetary @AGU_MRP @SEDI_AGU @AGUvgp @NASAMars @Mars https://t.co/LGiEKEsAWm
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For the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France. Submit a session, get involved, keep #mineralogy active!
https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4
We plan to have large participation from all over the world!
@ign_petrology @EGU_GMPV @EGU_SEarth @EuroGeosciences @geosociety @Geo_ESRF @GeoScienceWorld https://t.co/TQDG43RyOz
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For the IMA 2022 meeting in Lyon, France. Submit a session, get involved, keep #mineralogy active!

https://t.co/Ed7R5VoKQ4

We plan to have large participation from all over the world!
@MinSocAm @MinSoc_UK @MineralCup @soc_min_pet @EspanolaSem @EMG_minsoc @USGSMinerals https://t.co/EoLV4OQhgH
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r_caracas Retweeted
@Thom_astro: Lyon ! Les vieux quartiers sont bien visibles avec leurs toits rouges... Notez aussi la différence de couleur entre la Saône et le Rhône 🤔
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Lyon is an amazing city and the third-largest of France. Good food there, and now I’ve made myself hungry! 😋 #MissionAlpha https://t.co/kUNmh7Ew3g
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