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)

After two weeks of terrible COVID and two weeks of recovery, time has fully come for writing. Today the UMD package (https://razvancaracas.info/umd-package/) @ERC_Research @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo @ENSdeLyon @CORDIS_EU

#Coronavirus #Covid19 | En cas de toux et de fièvre :
🏡 Restez chez vous
👥 Limitez les contacts avec d’autres personnes
📞 Appelez votre médecin
👉 La maladie guérit avec du repos

En cas d’aggravations (difficultés à respirer, essoufflement) :
☎ Faites le 15 ou le 114🦻

This is the single best explanation that I have seen on how quarantine and social distancing work, and it’s an incredible example of good #SciComm and the power of visualization. #coronavirus https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

1/25 Part 1 - Why does soap work so well on the SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? Because it is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. A two part thread about soap, viruses and supramolecular chemistry #COVID19

Almost ready with another #3Dprinted meteor crater for #MoonImpact #exhibition thank you @rgrunbla @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @ENSdeLyon @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU

And another impact #crater being built right now over 3 days for #MoonImpact #exhibition @CEEDOslo @INSU_CNRS @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @ENSdeLyon

3D-printed impact craters for the #MoonImpact #exhibition #MeteorCrater from #Arizona @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @ENSdeLyon @CEEDOslo

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