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 Bucarest 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 Univ 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 twitter feed)

3 (three!) papers submitted this week on a variety of topics @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon @Astranais @MineralToPlanet

An asteroid and its moon just passed Earth a few days ago @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo http://www.naic.edu/~pradar/

Scientific Colour Maps.🎨
Version 6


#usebatlow #endrainbow
#scientificvisualisation #visualisation #colors
#opensource #accessibility

Full light dispersion not far away from our offices @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo a nice change from all the construction work around

This demonstrates the dieseling effect in clear ballistic gel. This is where a substance ignites from the effects of pressure. Credits Hackaday. Com

A very cool website with microscope images of #rocks and #minerals, from the #MSA list @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @deepcarb @obslyon https://www.rockptx.com

A one-year lecturer position (ATER) is open at the Department-Lab of Chemistry at @ENSdeLyon -- deadline of application Feb. 10th @LcEnsl http://www.ens-lyon.fr/lecole/travailler-lens/recrutement-et-offres-demploi/autres-postes-denseignants-et-de-chercheurs

Sometimes we just take some things for granted while others have a really hard time @ERC_Research @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU @INSU_CNRS https://bit.ly/3aGRwHJ

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