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.

NEWS (from my twitter feed)

#Mineralogy2022 is the Year of Mineralogy, part of the @IYBSSD2022 . It is a time to celebrate mineralogy, science, and reason! The SFMC (French Society for Mineralogy and Crystallography) have a dedicated website: https://t.co/qKRBySFs3w https://t.co/dMs6KzsXYd
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@NASAExoplanets: We're in the fourth decade of exoplanet science, just a blip on the cosmic scale. In that time we've discovered and confirmed 5,000+ worlds beyond our solar system. How many are like our home planet? Exactly zero. https://t.co/VJsYL3e4G8 https://t.co/O2PGNzui9X
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@NicolaSpaldin: PRB is searching for a new Lead Editor. Information here: https://t.co/glFdPGFmUj @PhysRevB
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@NASAExoplanets: We could stare at this picture forever. It's a speck of space, yet it contains multitudes. The spikes around some of the stars? An indication of @NASAWebb's power! The streaks? Gravitational lensing. (Thanks, Einstein!) And galaxies. So many galaxies. Dig in for details👇 https://t.co/CTf74T3DFF
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@Melterialsgal: We need to normalize the fact that not every PhD looking for non-academic jobs had a miserable time in their PhD.

I've absolutely enjoyed my PhD work and am fortunate to have a really supportive advisor. But life sometimes gets in the way and Alt Ac careers should be explored!
@IDaniel_HP Special session in honor of the Paul McMillan and his legacy in #mineralogy @CongressIma
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@IDaniel_HP: A tribute to our dear friend and colleague Paul McMillan #IMA2022 https://t.co/eh7QWWbUB8
Add carbon to silicate melts in contact with metallic melts - listen to Anne Davis from @ceed to find out what happens @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @INSU_CNRS @IPGP_officiel @CongressIma https://t.co/KxuYKSEtJn
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@Anirudh_14: @CarnegiePlanets' Bob hazen gives the @CongressIma Medal lecture on Mineral Informatics and the journey from mineral evolution to mineral informatics.

@carnegiescience https://t.co/jkW4Bzl2lD
Opening of the 23rd General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association @ENSdeLyon @IPGP_officiel @INSU_CNRS @CEEDOslo @CongressIma https://t.co/G94WuzFkE8
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Another talk by noble gases, by master student Adrien Sautet @ceed @IPGP_officiel way to start a PhD ! @ERC_Research @CORDIS_EU @INSU_CNRS https://t.co/M21zSYkQSC
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Ozge Ozgurel from @CEEDOslo giving a talk about He in the magma ocean @CongressIma https://t.co/8cLwIfAlEq
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