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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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Thank you @CINES_FRANCE @Genci_fr for the millions of computing hours that were behind our latest paper on salty oceans in ice giant exoplanets https://t.co/DL2mB0Dla6 https://t.co/qeYEsUcwfQ
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In our last paper, we show that oceans in giant icy exoplanets are salty. And who says salt, says electrolytes, and potential food and life!
@ENSdeLyon @IPGP_officiel @CEEDOslo @exploreplanets @INSU_CNRS
For more see: https://t.co/UNpCmpaOY3
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After two days of hard work, the program for the #IMA2022 conference is ready! Stay tuned for the updated https://t.co/JcwpRWB2xR @MinSocAm @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @soc_min_pet @MinSoc_UK @MineralCup https://t.co/PAIMWlvomL
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@CNES: Plus que ⚠️ 8 jours ⚠️ pour inscrire votre classe ou votre club ⌛️ https://t.co/wVoJoovQx9
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#computing realized with the help of @PRACE_RI
Our paper on the Ab initio study of the structure and relative stability of MgSiO4H2 polymorphs in the #earthmantle is finally out! @MinSocAm #mineralogy https://t.co/SKFmh8NhW7 @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS https://t.co/Su3tgCd7sk
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23rd General Meeting of International Mineralogical Association #IMA2022 will take place on-site, in Lyon, France July 18-22, 2022
Submit your abstract before May 6th @MinSoc_UK @deepcarb @CEEDOslo @NASAMars @ESA_ExoMars @geochemsoc @ERC_Research @geosociety @GeolSoc @SocGeol https://t.co/j9JeQJpbfF
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23rd General Meeting of International Mineralogical Association #IMA2022 will take place on-site, in Lyon, France July 18-22, 2022
Submit your abstract before May 6th https://t.co/DsKrCoG7lc @AGUvgp #minerals @MinSocAm @MineralCup @soc_min_pet @EspanolaSem @USGSMinerals https://t.co/cSuelEK2b1
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The 23rd General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, #IMA2022 will take place on-site, in Lyon, France July 18-22, 2022.
Submit your abstract before May 6th https://t.co/DsKrCoG7lc @esrfsynchrotron
@ECA_social @Crystal_a_day @DMG_eV @theAGU @SEDI_AGU @AGU_MRP https://t.co/0kfxgEmVD8
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The 23rd General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association, #IMA2022 will take place on-site, in Lyon, France July 18-22, 2022.
Submit your abstract before May 6th https://t.co/trW33u8GSA @MeteoriticsPS @exploreplanets @AGUPlanetary @planetarysci @HorizonEU
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#IMA2022 Last week for submitting your abstracts to International Mineralogical Association meeting https://t.co/efoGMuBbiW… Please spread the word! @SEDI_AGU @AGU_MRP @AGUvgp @AGUPlanetary @EGU_SEarth @EGU_GMPV @EGU_GD @EuroGeosciences @EGU_TS https://t.co/z58YWuCw7Y
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