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Dr Michele Simoncelli

  • College positions:

    Research Fellow


Condensed matter physics and materials science.


BSc in Physics (University of Trento), MSc in Physics of Complex Systems (Politecnico di Torino), PhD in Materials Science (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Research interests

Quantum-mechanical description of transport phenomena such as heat or electrical conduction in solids and liquids. Understanding how to exploit these phenomena in various technological applications, including e.g. thermoelectric energy production, electronics, water desalination.

Awards and prizes

Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award, Weizmann Institute of Science (2020) Computational Thinking Award. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2017) Paris-Saclay Scholarship (2015)

European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), Intel ISEF Award (2012)

Selected publications

Michele Simoncelli, Nicola Marzari, Andrea Cepellotti Generalization of Fourier's law into viscous heat equations. Physical Review X, 10, 011019 (2020).

Michele Simoncelli, Nicola Marzari, Francesco Mauri Unified theory of thermal transport in crystals and glasses. Nature Physics, 15 (8), 809-813 (2019).

Michele Simoncelli, Nidhal Ganfoud, Assane Sene, Matthieu Haefele, Barbara Daffos, Pierre- Louis Taberna, Mathieu Salanne, Patrice Simon, Benjamin Rotenberg, Blue energy and desalination with nanoporous carbon electrodes: Capacitance from molecular simulations to continuous models.

Physical Review X, 8, 021024 (2018).

A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar:

Other interests

Sports (running, rowing, cross-country skiing), mountaineering, reading