Massimiliano Capezzali

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Born on 1973, July 11th in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), Massimiliano Capezzali graduated in physics and then obtained a PhD in theoretical at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

During the year 1999, he has been a post-doctoral researcher at Queen's University in Kingston (Ontario, Canada).

Upon his return to Swizerland in 2000, he worked as scientific collaborator at the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police, in Wabern.

He joined EPFL in 2001, at first as post-doctoral researcher and then as assistant to the dean of the Engineering Department. He shared research activities and several teaching duties between EPFL and the University of Neuchâtel during this period.

Between 2007 and March 2017, he acted as Deputy Director of the EPFL Energy Center.

Starting in April 2017, Massimiliano Capezzali is associate Professor in energy at the University of Applied Sciences and Management of the Canton Vaud (HEIG-VD).

Simultaneously, he heads the Compentece Center Energies HEIG-VD.

Massimiliano Capezzali is a member of:


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Né le 11 juillet 1973 à La Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse), Massimiliano Capezzali a obtenu le diplôme de physicien et un doctorat en physique théorique auprès de l'Université de Neuchâtel (Suisse)

Pendant l'année 1999, il a été chercheur postdoctoral auprès de la Queen's University à Kingston (Ontario, Canada).

De retour en Suisse en 2000, il a travaillé comme collaborateur scientifique auprès du Département Fédéral de Justice et Police, à Wabern.

Il a rejoint l'EPFL dès 2001, d'abord comme chercheur postdoctoral puis comme adjoint au décanat de la Faculté STI. Il a également recouvert des charges de recherche et d'enseignement auprès de l'Université de Neuchâtel pendant cette période.

Entre 2007 et mars 2017, il a recouvert le poste de directeur adjoint du Energy Center de l'EPFL.

Depuis avril 2017, Massimiliano Capezzali recouvre la charge de Professeur associé en énergie auprès de la HEIG-VD.

Simultanément, il assume la responsabilité du Pôle de compétences Energies HEIG-VD.

Massimiliano Capezzali est membre :


Winter semester - Semestre d'hiver

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Introduction to physics - Bachelor course, 1st year, all orientations

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Introduction à la physique - Cours Bachelor 1ère année, toutes filières


Summer semester - Semestre d'été

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Energy Polygeneration - Bachelor course, 2nd year, Thermotronics Orientation

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Polygénération d'énergie - Cours Bachelor 2ème année, Filière Thermotronique


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  • Urban and territorial energy planning
  • Urban energy networks and networks convergence
  • Integration of renewable energy sources and energy storage
  • Hydropower
  • Energy in emerging countries

Massimiliano Capezzali is the coordinator of the ENSCC ERA-NET project IntegrCiTy.

Since 2016, he co-supervises a PhD thesis at ThéMA laboratory of Bourgogne Franche-Comté University (France) on "Metabolisms and Territory: networks position and roles in energy operations and their trends".


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  • Planification énergétique urbaine et territoriale
  • Réseaux énergétiques urbains et convergence des réseaux
  • Intégration des énergies renouvelables et stockage d'énergie
  • Hydroélectricité
  • Energies dans les pays émergents

Massimiliano Capezzali est le coordinateur du projet IntegrCiTy, financé dans le cadre d'ERA-NET ENSCC.

Depuis 2016, il co-dirige une thèse de doctorat auprès du laboratoire ThéMA de l'Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France), sur le sujet "Métabolismes et Territoire : Place et rôles des réseaux dans les fonctionnements énergétiques et leurs évolutions".


Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals

  1. ”Vortex dynamics in disordered Josephson junction arrays", M. Capezzali, M. Mombelli, P. Béran, H. Beck, in Macroscopic quantum phenomena and coherence in superconducting networks, C. Giovannella and M. Tinkham eds., World Scientific, Singapore, 1995, 270-277
  2. ”Dynamics of vortices in disordered Josephson junction arrays", M. Capezzali, M. Mombelli, H. Beck, Physica B222 (1996), 304-308
  3. ”Regime interpretation of anomalous vortex dynamics in 2D superconductors”, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, S. R. Shenoy, Physical Review Letters 78 (1997), 523-526
  4. ”Screening effects in superconductors", M. Capezzali, D. Ariosa and H. Beck, Physica B230-232 (1997), 962-965
  5. ”One-electron spectral functions of the attractive Hubbard model for intermediate coupling”, M. Yu. Kagan, R. Frésard, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, Physical Review B57 (1998), 5995-6002
  6. ”Pseudogap, quantum phase fluctuations and spectroscopy of high-temperature superconducting cuprates”, D. Ariosa, H. Beck, M. Capezzali, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 59 (1998), 1783-1787
  7. ”Pseudogap in the one-electron spectral functions of the attractive Hubbard model”, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, Physica B259-261 (1999), 501-503
  8. ”Excitation spectrum of the two-dimensional attractive Hubbard model”, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, Physica C317-318 (1999), 482-485
  9. ”One-electron spectral functions of the attractive Hubbard model at intermediate coupling”, M. Yu. Kagan, R. Frésard, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, Physica B284-288 (2000), 447-448
  10. “Dynamics of the 2D two-component plasma near the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition”, D. Bormann, H. Beck, O. Gallus, M. Capezzali, J. Phys. IV France 10 (2000), 447-450
  11. “Vortex dynamics in two-dimensional Josephson junction arrays”, Md. Ashrafuzzaman, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, Physical Review B68 (2003), 52502-52505
  12. “Internal structure of fluctuating Cooper pairs”, N. Andrenacci, M. Capezzali, H. Beck, European Physical Journal B53 (2006) 417-432
  13. “An algorithm to allow humerus translation in the problem of shoulder abduction”, A. Terrier, A. Vogel, M. Capezzali, A. Farron, Medical Engineering and Physics 22 (2006), 645-651
  14. “Smart cities : la métamorphose”, G. Cherix, M. Capezzali, Urbia 15 (2013), 27-44
  15. “Study of the Drivers and Asset Management of Pumped-Storage Power Plants - Historical and Geographical Perspective”, M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, F. Vuille, L. Gaudard, F. Romerio, F. Avellan, Energy 111 (2016), 560-579
  16. “Evaluation and recommendation of a subsidy instrument for new large hydro power in Switzerland”, T. Gisler, M. Capezzali, D. Favrat, R. Burkhard, M. Guittet, submitted to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (October 2016)
  17. “Réseaux de distribution de l’énergie et sobriété énergétique des territoires : les apports d’une approche thermodynamique, métabolique et écologique des systèmes territoriaux”, P.-M. Guinchard, M.-H. de Sède-Marceau, M. Capezzali, accepted for publication in Vertig'O (minor revisions submitted in August 2017)
  18. "Assessing the sustainability of biofuel production from camelina in Spain, results of the ITAKA project - Analysis of GHG emissions", M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, Y. Herreras, G. Hernando, accepted for publication in Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (July 2017)


Scientific publications in conference proceedings

  1. “Action and influence of the multiple decision levels over the whole energy chain”, G. Cherix, M. Finger, M. Capezzali, H.B. Püttgen, A. Chapuis, 5th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2009
  2. “Toward Ultrafast Charging of Electric Vehicles”, H. Hõimoja, M. Vasiladiotis, M. Capezzali, A. Rufer, CIGRE Session 8, Paris, France, 2012
  3. “MEU – A cartographic-based web-platform for urban energy management and planning”, M. Capezzali, G. Cherix, ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, USA, 2012
  4. “MEU: An urban energy management tool for communities and multi-energy utilities”, J. Rager, D. Rebeix, G. Cherix, F. Maréchal, M. Capezzali, CISBAT2013, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013
  5. “Evolution of and additional functionalities to the city energy planning platform MEU”, M. Capezzali, G. Cherix, L. Darmayan, S. Restani, P. Puerto, International Gas Union Research Conference (IGRC 2014), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014
  6. “Towards pre-dimensioning of natural gas networks on a web-platform”, P. Puerto, G. Cherix, L. Darmayan, M. Pernet, M. Capezzali, 26th World Gas Conference (WGC 2015), Paris, France, 2015
  7. “Energy flows monitoring at the cantonal level”, M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, CISBAT 2015 (2015), 999-1004
  8. “The MEU web platform: a tool dedicated to the urban energy management”, P. Puerto, M. Pernet, M. Capezzali, L. Darmayan, G. Cherix, CISBAT 2015 (2015), 1005-1010
  9. “Territorial energy systems: A methodological approach and case study”, G. Cherix, M. Capezzali, J. Rager, 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES 2015), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2015
  10. “Sustainability and certification for aviation biofuels”, M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, G. Hernando and Y. Herreras, 6th EASN International Conference, on Innovation in European Aeronautics Research, Porto, Portugal, 2016.
  11. "Energy networks interoperability as a key to increased sustainability in cities", M. Capezzali, J.Rager, P. Puerto, G. Cherix, in "Connecting the dots by obstacles? Friction and traction ahead for the SRIA urban transitions pathways", JPI Urban Europe Transitions Pathways Symposium, Brussels, 2016


Publications in technical and/or specialized journals

  1. “Intégration optimale des coulages chaleur-force dans les systèmes urbains”, C. Weber, G. Cherix, M. Capezzali, F. Maréchal, Bulletin VSE/AES 9 (2007) 27-32
  2. “L’énergie électrique a le vent en poupe”, H.B. Püttgen, M. Capezzali, Les Cahiers de l’Energie 66 (2007), 2-4
  3. “En route avec un train hybride diesel-électrique”, A. Rufer, P. Barrade, B. Destraz, M. Capezzali, Agefi Magazine 1 (2008), 56-59
  4. “Marché électrique libéralisé en Suisse ? Vers de nouvelles stratégies de coopération entre collectivités publiques et distributeurs d'électricité ?”, M. Capezzali, A. Nour, Bulletin VSE/AES 20 (2008), 22-24
  5. “Stocker l'énergie solaire: une solution d'avenir”, K. Sivula, M. Grätzel, M. Capezzali, H.B. Püttgen, Bulletin VSE/AES 7 (2009), 22-27
  6. “Plus de biométhane grâce au bois - Technologies de gazéification et méthanisation du bois et projets-phare en Europe”, G. Piazzesi, M. Capezzali, Aqua & Gas 10 (2014), 58-62
  7. “Le Jatropha : une plante écologique et un biocarburant durable ?”, P.H. Texier, M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, Revue des Industries Alimentaires et Agricoles, Numéro Mai-Juin (2015), 42-44
  8. “The power of LOVE - Waste heat recovery”, G. Piazzesi, M. Capezzali, D. Favrat, International Cement Review, August 2015 Issue (2015), 68-71
  9. “Le Jatropha comme biocarburant durable en Afrique de l’Ouest”, M. Guittet, M. Capezzali, Bulletin VSE/AES 8 (2015), 22-26
  10. “Système de Management Energétique Territorial”, L. Darmayan, P. Puerto, J. Rager, G. Cherix, M. Capezzali, Aqua & Gas 6 (2016), 56-65


Events participation and broad-public media presence - 2017


Débat au sujet de la Stratégie Energétique 2050 / Debate on the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050. Club 44, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Voir le site de la médiathèque du Club 44, avec permission.


Le projet MEU est sélectionné comme premier accessit dans la catégorie "Energie" au Prix International « Le Monde » - Smart Cities 2017, voir vidéo de présentation.

MEU project is selected as first runner-up in the category "Energy" at the « Le Monde » - Smart-Cities 2017 Global Innovation Awards, see video presentation.