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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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@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
@IPGP_officiel @ENSdeLyon @INSU_CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU Thank you! I am looking forward to the exciting adventures that lie ahead of me @IPGP_officiel
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Iron at protolunar disk conditions. A new paper in Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors https://t.co/sYW9w0WpqI @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research @ERCGrantees @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo https://t.co/K1bIf2yKKN
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@laurenceauer: La #nuitdeschercheurs européens à #bucarest avec l’exposition du @CNRS et de l’équipe @r_caracals sur le lien entre géologie et environnement au Musée d’histoire naturelle @MuzeulAntipa jusqu’en janvier https://t.co/A0HJ25dZqJ
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@AGU_MRP: MRP is providing child/dependent care support to help student and early-career members of the MRP community participate in this year's AGU Fall Meeting, whether attending onsite or remotely. Applications are open now through Oct. 11.

Application website: https://t.co/XvP6RTUxkw
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Going from simple interatomic potentials to artificial intelligence ab initio #aiai : the way forward to address complex chemical systems, like real minerals and rocks @CORDIS_EU @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @IPGP_officiel https://t.co/jIxfudQBaJ
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@NASAExoplanets: The planets beyond our solar system, exoplanets, can be extraordinarily unlike those closer to home.🌎 We've found a puffy pink planet like Styrofoam and a world where the atmosphere is the color of charcoal.⚫️ Explore our favorite Strange New Worlds: https://t.co/EthhNmKZiA https://t.co/nK6nT9DSIC
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2022 is the year of Mineralogy. Celebrate by submitting a session to the 23rd Genes meeting of the International Mineralogical Association https://t.co/mtgZwVaPO2
@EMG_minsoc @EurJMineral @AGUPlanetary @AGU_MRP @SEDI_AGU @NASAMars @pen2tweets @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU https://t.co/BNg2lhfvqe
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2022 is the year of Mineralogy. Celebrate by submitting a session to the 23rd Genes meeting of the International Mineralogical Association https://t.co/mtgZwVaPO2
@IMA2022Lyon @ENSdeLyon @MinSocAm @geochemsoc @exploreplanets @soc_min_pet @GeolSoc @MinSoc_UK @EspanolaSem https://t.co/rPgWZM8hPo
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2022 is the year of Mineralogy!
Celebrate by submitting a session to the 23rd General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association https://t.co/mtgZwVaPO2 https://t.co/RC5w5i9K3z
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r_caracas Retweeted
@ERC_Research: 📣In his last week as ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon calls on researchers to speak up!

It’s not too late!
Post a comment on the role of R&I for the #FutureofEurope on this platform - and read what scientists already said (search e.g. ‘research’)
👉https://t.co/WmfuoKHjoc https://t.co/r7SG29Z16g https://t.co/p47NM6ymGj
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@astro_matthias: How do we wash our clothes in space? The truth is that we don't 😅 🙃Thanks for this #AskMatthias question! 🙋‍♀️🙋 #CosmicKiss https://t.co/nqFwyZsbSk
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