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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@EU_Commission: The future of Europe will be largely shaped by how it performs in Research and Innovation.

@ERC_Research calls on scientists and all those who believe in the positive power of science to make your voices heard 🇪🇺

👩‍🔬 Share your ideas!

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@VRubinObs: It’s our namesake’s birthday week! To celebrate, we’ll be sharing stories about Vera Rubin all week long leading up to her birthday on July 23.

Do you have fun stories or memories about Vera Rubin? Share them this week using #BirthdayVeraRubin. We can’t wait to hear them! https://t.co/GD7qkHEfqC
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@ERC_Research: ERC Scientific Council warmly welcomes appointment of Professor Maria Leptin as next President of the European Research Council. https://t.co/7IkHn67uo0
HIDDEN: Is the Earth’s core the hidden reservoir of noble gases? A new grant with ⁦@forskningsradet⁩ ⁦@CEEDOslohttps://t.co/rPDr1VLBxR
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