Short biography

  • Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Coventry University, United Kingdom between 2013 and 2021.
  • Honorary Researcher at University of Craiova, Romania from 2016.
  • Affiliate member of Max-Planck/Princeton Center for Plasma Physics from 2013.
  • Postdoctoral researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland between 2010 and 2012 and at Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics Garching, Germany in 2013.
  • Ph.D. obtained in 2010, jointly, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and University of Craiova, Romania.

My main research interests are related to the physics of turbulence, in both fluid and kinetic plasma, understanding its fundamental nature, developing mathematical and numerical models for practical applications and formulating a theoretical formalism that would be both rigorous and easy to understand.

Research Topics of Interest

  • Turbulence
  • Plasma Physics
  • Kinetic Theory
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion

Selected Seminars, Lectures & Conference Talks

  • 19/01/2022 :    The Royal Society, H-mode transition and pedestal studies in fusion plasmas, UK.
  • 29/05/2019 :    W7-X Physics, Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, Germany.
  • 16/05/2019 :    Graduation Ceremony Lecture, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science,
                            University of Craiova, Craiova, Romania.
  • 30/04/2019 :    Institute for Fusion Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • 13/12/2018 :    TOK Seminar, Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, Germany.
  • 01/12/2016 :    Institute for Fusion Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • 21/07/2016 :    Interdisciplinary PSTI Seminar, Plasma Science and Technology Institute,
                            University of California Los Angeles, USA.
  • 17/06/2016 :    Earth and Planetary Magnetism Group, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich,
  • 24/10/2014 :    Plasma Physics Research Center, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 20/10/2014 :    Turbulence and Wave-Vortex Interactions in Fluids and Plasmas Workshop,
                            Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Lyon, France.
  • 23/07/2014 :    Physics Department, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 03/01/2014 :    Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
  • 22/09/2013 :    15th European Fusion Theory Conference, Merton College, Oxford, UK.
  • 31/05/2012 :    The 35th UK Fusion Theory Seminar, Oxford - Culham, UK.
  • 27/08/2010 :    Plasma Physics Research Center, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 16/06/2010 :    FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen, Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

Grant Projects

EPSRC: Understanding and modelling kinetic turbulence in magnetized plasmas

Magnetic confinement fusion makes use of strong magnetic fields to confine the fusion plasma fuel in a series of nested torus shaped magnetic surfaces, in a device known as a tokamak. Turbulence in plasma represents a key impediment to this objective, as turbulent mixing is known to enhance the transport of particles and heat across magnetic surfaces, leading to the eventual loss of plasma confinement that stops the fusion reaction. Understanding the proper interactions in plasma turbulence, interactions that occur at physical scales captured only by kinetic theories in a six or a five dimensional phase space, allows for correct implementation of turbulence models. These models can be employed for tokamak transport studies, which in turn can determine the most efficient operational regime of current or future tokamak reactors.