Group leader and scientific responsible of Dye Solar Labs @ IIT-CBN
MM accrued more than twelve years’ experience in the development of engineered nanomaterials and micro-/nano-fabrication technologies for a large spectrum of applications, ranging from organic light emitting devices to multifunctional photoelectrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage.
In April 2004 he got his master graduation in MATERIALS ENGINEERING (with full marks) at University of Salento. One month later he started to work as research fellow at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR and was involved in a European project aimed at the development of efficient organic light emitting sources (project OLLA - FP6-IST program). In this framework he dealt with design and fabrication of micro-structured refractive elements capable of maximizing the light out-coupling efficiency of white emitting OLEDs.
In 2006 he got a master in OPTICAL MODELLING at University of Santiago de Compostela (SPAIN)
In 2009 he got his PhD graduation in NANOSCIENCE at the Istituto Superiore di Formazione Universitaria (ISUFI) of University of Salento, while being involved into several projects aimed at the development of micro- and nano-patterned optical surfaces with applications in the fields of lighting and photvoltaics.
In 2010 MM moved his research focus to 3rd generation solar cells and began to work on the realization of nanostructured hybrid organic/inorganic photovotaic systems. In the same year he was hired at IIT to promote the creation of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and technologists with skills on material science, micro-/nano-fabrication technologies and electrochemistry in the growing IIT center of Lecce, named Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (IIT-CBN), where he is nowday coordinating a multifaceted line of strategic research activities focused on the implementation of engineered photoelectrochemical systems for solar energy conversion and storage. The most relevant technological achievements delivered by his research group refer to development of highly efficient nanostructured metal-oxide electrodes with finely controllable nano-architectures, whose peculiar prerogatives have been advantageously exploited in both electrochromic and energy storage devices.