Luisa De Marco

Post Doc

Former colleague


CBN@UniLe Lecce


via Barsanti
+39 0832 1816242


PhD in Nanoscience at Scuola Superiore ISUFI - University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
PhD thesis: "Engineered TiO2 nanocrystal-based photoelectrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
Master Degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Modena (Italy), Chemistry Department.
Mark: 108/110 (19th February 2002)



2010 - today
Post-doc at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – CBN, Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Lecce, Italy.
R&D activity on
- Design, fabrication and characterization of hybrid - organic photovoltaic devices;       
- Synthesis of nanocrystals having specifically designed morphological features
- Preparation and characterization of nanostructured films
2007 – 2010
Research activity at National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR (Lecce) within the framework of important industrial projects including:
Synthesis and characterization of titanium dioxide nanocrystals, formulation of colloidal paste, preparation and optimization of photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells within an R&D project funded by Tozzi Renewable Energy S.p.A. (
Development of durable transparent super-hydrophobic coatings on glass and plastic substrates surfaces within an R&D project founded by Teuco Guzzini S.p.a. (
Quality control, chemical-physical tests on raw material and finished products at Lachifarma s.r.l. (Pharmaceutical Company)
2004 - 2006
Certification and quality assurance at ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) on a wide range of industries, including organic food and cosmetics producers
2003 - 2004
R&D activity on antioxidant molecules from vegetable matrix at PierreChimica s.r.l. (Cosmetic Productor Factory)



- Project ESCORT (Efficient Solar Cells based on Organic and hybrid Technology, Partners: Italian National Research Council - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Indian Institute of Technology - Dyesol UK Ltd - Italian Institute of Technology
- Project MAAT (Molecular nanotechnology for health and environment) which aims at creating a technological platform for industrial research based on Molecular Nanotechnology processes for the development of high-tech devices (smart windows and low cost lab-on-chip)
Partners: Italian National Research Council, University of Salento, University of Bari, Tozzi Holding S.p.A., STMicroelectronics, Italian Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

1. “Sustainability of Organic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: The Role of Chemical Synthesis” Grisorio, R., De Marco, L., Baldisserri, C., Martina, F., Serantoni, M., Gigli, G., Suranna, G. P. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2015, 3, 4, 770–777.

2. “Beneficial Role of a Bulky Donor Moiety in π-Extended Organic Dyes for Mesoscopic TiO2 Sensitized Solar Cells” Roiati, V., Giannuzzi, R., Lerario, G., De Marco, L., Agosta, R., Iacobellis, R., Grisorio, R., Suranna, G. P., Listorti, A., Gigli, G., J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 13, 6956–6965.

3. “NiO/MAPbI3-xClx/PCBM: A Model Case for an Improved Understanding of Inverted Mesoscopic Solar Cells” Trifiletti, V., Roiati, V., Colella, S., Giannuzzi, R., De Marco, L., Rizzo, A., Manca, M., Listorti, A., Gigli, G. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 7, 4283–4289.

4. “Highly improved performance of ZnII tetraarylporphyrinates in DSSCs by the presence of octyloxy chains in the aryl rings” Orbelli Biroli, A., Tessore, F., Vece, V., Di Carlo, G., Mussini, P. R., Trifiletti, V., De Marco, L., Giannuzzi, R., Manca, M., Pizzotti, M. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 2954-2959.

5. “An engineered co-sensitization system for highly efficient dye solar cells” Agosta, R., Grisorio, R., De Marco, L., Romanazzi, G., Suranna, G. P., Gigli, G., Manca, M. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 9451-9453.

6. “New organic dyes based on dibenzofulvene bridge for highly efficient dye–sensitized solar cells” Capodilupo, A. De Marco, L., Fabiano, E., Giannuzzi, R., Scrascia, A., Carlucci, C., Corrente, G. A., Cipolla, M. P., Gigli, G., Ciccarella, G., J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 14181-14188.

7. “Investigating charge dynamics in halide perovskite sensitized mesostructured solar cells” Listorti, A.,  Roiati, V.,  Colella, S.,  Mosconi, E., Lerario, G., De Marco, L., Rizzo, A., De Angelis, F., Gigli, G. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 2014, 1667

8. “Influence of Porphyrinic Structure on Electron Transfer Processes at the Electrolyte/Dye/TiO2 Interface in PSSCs: a Comparison between meso Push–Pull and β-Pyrrolic Architectures” Di Carlo, G., Caramori, S., Trifiletti, V., Giannuzzi, R., De Marco, L., Pizzotti, M., Orbelli Biroli, A., Tessore, F., Argazzi, R., Bignozzi, C. A. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 18, 15841–15852.

9."Enhancing dye-sensitized solar cell performances by fine molecular engineering: towards highly efficient pi-extended organic sensitizers" Grisorio, R., De Marco, L., Agosta, R., Iacobellis, R., Manca, M., Mastrorilli, P., Gigli, G., Suranna G. P. ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 2659–2669.

10. “3D Photoelectrode for Dye Solar Cells Realized by Laser Micromachining of Photosensitive Glass” Manca, M. Beke, S., De Marco, L., Pareo, P., Qualtieri, A., Cannavale, A., Brandi, F., Gigli, G. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 30, 17100–1710.

11. “A combined strategy to realize efficient photoelectrodes for low temperature fabrication of dye solar cells” Alberti, A., De Marco, L., Pellegrino, G., Condorelli, G., Giannuzzi, R., Scarfiello, R., Manca, M., Spinella, C., Gigli, G., La Magna, A. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6, 6425–6433.

12. “Investigating charge dynamics in halide perovskite-sensitized mesostructured solar cells” Roiati, V., Colella, S., Lerario, G., De Marco, L., Rizzo, A., Listorti, A., Gigli, G. Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 1889-1894.

13. “TiO2 nanorod-based photoelectrodes for dye solar cells with tunable morphological features” Manca, M., De Marco, L., Giannuzzi, R., Agosta, R., Dwivedi, C., Qualtieri, A., Cozzoli, P. D., Dutta, V., Gigli, G. Thin Solid Films, 2014, 568, 122–130.

14. “Ultrathin TiO2(B) Nanorods with Superior Lithium-Ion Storage Performance” Giannuzzi, R., Manca, M., De Marco, L., Belviso, M. R., Cannavale, A., Sibillano, T., Giannini, C., Cozzoli, P. D., Gigli, G. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 1933−1943.

15. “Photovoltachromic device with a micro-patterned bi-functional counter electrode” Cannavale, A., Manca, M., De Marco, L., Grisorio, R., Carallo, S., Suranna, G. P., Gigli, G. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014, 6, 2415–2422.

16. “Spectroscopic and Morphological Studies of Metal-Organic and Metal-Free Dyes onto Titania Films for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” Di Carlo, G., Caschera, D., Toro, R. G., Riccucci, C., Ingo, G. I., Padeletti, G., De Marco, L., Gigli, G., Pennesi, G., Zanotti, G., Paoletti, A. M., Angelini, N. International Journal of Photoenergy, 2013, doi:10.1155/2013/582786

17. “Highly efficient photoanodes for dye solar cells with a hierarchical meso-ordered structure” De Marco, L., Di Carlo, G., Giannuzzi, R., Manca, M., Riccucci, C., Ingo, G.M., Gigli, G. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013,39, 16949-16955.

18. “Fluorine Substituted Organic Dyes For Dye Sensitized Solar Cells” Scrascia, A., De Marco, L., Carlucci, C., Picca, R. A., Laricchia, S., Fabiano, E., Capodilupo A. L., Giuseppe Gigli, G., Ciccarella, G. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 38, 11909-11921.

19. “Shape-tailored TiO2 nanocrystals with synergic peculiarities as building blocks for highly efficient multi-stack dye solar cells” De Marco, L., Manca, M., Giannuzzi, R., Belviso, M. R., Cozzoli, P. D., Gigli, G. Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 1791-1795

20. “Anchoring stability and photovoltaic properties of new D(-p-A)2 dyes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications” Grisorio, R., De Marco, L., Allegretta, G., Giannuzzi, R., Suranna, G. P., Manca, M., Mastrorilli, P., G. Giuseppe Gigli Dyes and Pigments, 2013,  98, 221-231

21. “Electrochemical Assessment of the Band-Edge Positioning in ShapeTailored TiO2‑Nanorod-Based Photoelectrodes for Dye Solar Cells” Agosta, R., Giannuzzi, R., De Marco, L., Manca, M., Belviso, M., Cozzoli, P. D., Gigli, G. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 2574−2583.

22. “Nonhydrolytic Convenient Route to Boron Doped TiO2 Nanocrystals” Xu, H., Picca, R. A., De Marco, L., Carlucci, C., Scrascia, A., Papadia, P., Scremin, B. F., Carlino, E., Giannini, C., Malitesta, C., Mazzeo, M., Gigli, G., Ciccarella, G. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 3, 364-374.

23. “Highly stable gel electrolytes for dye solar cells based on chemically engineered polymethacrylic hosts” De Gregorio,G.L., Agosta, R.,Giannuzzi, R., Martina, F., De Marco, L., Manca, M., Gigli, G. Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, (25), pp. 3109-3111.

24. “Organic photovoltaic devices with colloidal TiO2 nanorods as key functional components” Loiudice, A., Rizzo, A., De Marco, L., Belviso, M.R., Caputo, G., Cozzoli, P.D., Gigli, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2012, 14 (11), pp. 3987-3995.

25. “Hyperbranched anatase TiO2 nanocrystals: Nonaqueous synthesis, growth mechanism, and exploitation in dye-sensitized solar cells” Buonsanti,R.,Carlino,E.,Giannini,C., Altamura,D., De Marco,L., Giannuzzi,R., Manca,M., Gigli,G., Cozzoli, P.D. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133 (47), pp. 19216-19239.

26. “Ultra lightweight PMMA-based composite plates with robust super-hydrophobic surfaces” Pareo, P., De Gregorio, G.L., Manca, M., Pianesi, M.S., De Marco, L., Cavallaro, F., Mari, M., Pappadà, S., Ciccarella, G., Gigli, G. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2011, 363 (2), pp. 668-675.

27. "Flexible carbon nanotube-based composite plates as efficient monolithic counter electrodes for DSSC” Malara, F., Manca, M., De Marco, L., Pareo, P., Gigli, G. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2011, 3 (9), pp. 3625-3632.

28. "High-quality photoelectrodes based on shape-tailored TiO2 nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cells” De Marco, L., Manca, M., Buonsanti, R., Giannuzzi, R., Malara, F., Pareo, P., Martiradonna, L., Giancaspro, N.M., Cozzoli, P.D., Gigli, G. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21 (35), pp. 13371-13379.

29. "Highly efficient smart photovoltachromic devices with tailored electrolyte composition” Cannavale, A., Manca, M., Malara, F., De Marco, L., Cingolani, R., Gigli, G. Energy and Environmental Science, 2011, 4 (7), pp. 2567-2574.

30. “Radioactivity resistance evaluation of polymeric materials for application in radiopharmaceutical production at microscale” Zacheo, A., Arima, V., Pascali, G., Salvadori, P.A., Zizzari, A., Perrone, E., De Marco, L., Gigli, G., Rinaldi, R. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2011, 11 (1), pp. 35-44.

31. "The suzuki-heck polymerization as a tool for the straightforward obtainment of poly(fluorenylene-vinylene) sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells” Grisorio, R., Mastrorilli, P., Suranna, G.P., Cosma, P., De Marco, L., Manca, M., Gigli, G. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2011, 49 (4), pp. 842-847.

32. “Charge recombination reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells by means of an electron beam-deposited TiO2 buffer layer between conductive glass and photoelectrode” Manca, M., Malara, F., Martiradonna,L., De Marco, L., Giannuzzi, R., Cingolani,R., Gigli, G. Thin Solid Films, 2010, 518 (23), pp. 7147-7151.

33. "Surfactant-free synthesis of pure anatase TiO2 nanorods suitable for dye-sensitized solar cells” Melcarne, G., De Marco, L., Carlino, E., Martina, F., Manca, M., Cingolani, R., Gigli, G., Ciccarella, G. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20 (34), pp. 7248-7254.

34. "Novel preparation method of TiO2-nanorod-based photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells with improved light-harvesting efficiency” De Marco, L., Manca, M.,Giannuzzi,R., Malara, F., Melcarne, G.,Ciccarella, G.,Zama, I., Cingolani, R., Gigli, G. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010, 114 (9), pp. 4228-4236.

35. "Durable superhydrophobic and antireflective surfaces by trimethylsilanized silica nanoparticles-based sol-gel processing” Manca, M., Cannavale, A., De Marco, L., Aricò, A.S., Cingolani, R., Gigli, G. Langmuir, 2009, 25 (11), pp. 6357-6362.


36. “Process for the preparation of titanium dioxide with nanometric dimensions and controlled shape” Ciccarella, G., Cingolani, R., De Marco, L., Gigli, G., Melcarne, G., Martina, F., Matteucci, F., Spadavecchia, J. World Patent WO2009/101640 A1 2009

37. “Double layer coating, its preparation and its use for rendering ultra-water-repellent and antireflective the surfaces to which it is applied”;  Manca, M., De Marco, L., Gigli, G. European Patent EP 2130878 2009