Michele Manca

Researcher
Group leader and scientific responsible of Dye Solar Labs @ IIT-CBN

Center

CBN@UniLe Lecce

Contacts

+39 0832 1816 225

About

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.

Projects

 
In 2006, contextually to the activation of his PhD studentship, he was involved in an ambitious R&D project funded by the company ASTRON FIAMM. The project was aimed to the development of efficient and affordable OLED-based illumination systems to be used as automotive back-lights. He worked on the design and fabrication of the micro-optics and on their successful integration into the final car’s component.
 
From 2007 to 2009 MM was in charge as process engineer at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR in a R&D project funded by a well-established industrial national company operating in the field of illumination systems, named iGUZZINI ILLUMINAZIONE. In this framework he worked on the development of micro-structured optical systems enabling a precise control of the photometric output as well as an innovative and aesthetic lighting design. He also addressed several crucial issues related to the scale-up and industrialization of the micro- and nano-fabrication technologies implemented in that framework.
 
From 2010 to 2013 he partecipated to an European Project aimed at the development of “Efficient Solar Cells based on Organic and hybrid Technology” (project ESCORT - FP7 ENERGY 2010.2.1-2). He was responsible of activities carried out by IIT and coordinated a WP devoted to the implementation of engineered multi-layered electrodes based on the usage of shape-tailored TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals. He had the honor to present the most relevant technological achievements delivered in this framework during the European workshop on PV clusters held in Barcelona in November 2013.
 
From 2011 to 2014 MM managed the activation a technology-transfer program and the installation of an R&D joint lab supported by an industrial company operating in the sector of renewable energies- named TOZZIgreen SpA. The project was aimed at setting-up a feasible industrial process to realize PV-powered electrochromic windows over a relatively large area. 
 
From 2013 to 2015 MM coordinated the activities carried out at IIT-CBN laboratories in the framework of a national program funded by Italian Minister for Research and Education (MAAT - Molecular nAnotechnology for heAlth and environment - PON-02_00563_3316357) as responsible of work package devoted to the implementation of multifunctional photoelectrochromic devices, capable of conjugating both the photovoltaic and the electrochromic functionality.

iit Publications

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

2017 Single crystal mesoporous ZnO platelets as efficient photoanodes for sensitized solar cells
*De Marco L., Calestani D., *Qualtieri A., *Giannuzzi R., *Manca M., Ferro P., Gigli G., Listorti A., Mosca R.
Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 168, pp. 227–233

Journal of Power Sources

2017 An ion conductive polysiloxane as effective gel electrolyte for long stable dye solar cells
*Cipolla M. P., *De Gregorio G. L., Grisorio R., *Giannuzzi R., Gigli G., Suranna G. P., *Manca M.
Journal of Power Sources, vol. 365, pp. 191–199

ACS Nano

2017 Dual Band Electrochromic Devices Based on Nb-Doped TiO2 Nanocrystalline Electrodes
*Barawi M., *De Trizio L., *Giannuzzi R., *Veramonti G., *Manna L., *Manca M.
ACS Nano, vol. 11, (no. 4), pp. 3576–3584, 1936-0851

Journal of the American Chemical Society

2017 Colloidal Synthesis of Bipolar Off-Stoichiometric Gallium Iron Oxide Spinel-Type Nanocrystals with Near-IR Plasmon Resonance
*Urso C., *Barawi M., *Gaspari R., Sirigu G, *Kriegel I., Zavelani-Rossi M., Scotognella F., *Manca M., *Prato M., *De Trizio L., *Manna L.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, (no. 3), pp. 1198–1206, 0002-7863

Nanoscale

2016 Near-infrared selective dynamic windows controlled by charge transfer impedance at the counter electrode
*Pattathil P., Scarfiello R., *Giannuzzi R., *Veramonti G., Sibillano T., *Qualtieri A., Giannini C., Cozzoli P. D., *Manca M.
Nanoscale, vol. 8, (no. 48), pp. 20056-20065, 2040-3364

Nano Energy

2016 Self-powered NIR-selective dynamic windows based on broad tuning of the localized surface plasmon resonance in mesoporous ITO electrodes
*Pattathil P., *Giannuzzi R., *Manca M.
Nano Energy, vol. 30, pp. 242–251, 2211-2855

Inorganic chemistry

2016 Tetracoordinated Bis-phenanthroline Copper-Complex Couple as Efficient Redox Mediators for Dye Solar Cells
Magni M., *Giannuzzi R., Colombo A., *Cipolla M P., Dragonetti C., Caramori S., Carli S., Grisorio R., Suranna G. P., Bignozzi C. A., Dominique R., *Manca M.
Inorganic chemistry, vol. 55, (no. 11), pp. 5245–5253, 0020-1669

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

2016 Influence of alkoxy chain envelopes on the interfacial photoinduced processes in tetraarylporphyrin-sensitized solar cells
Magnano G. M., Marinotto D., *Cipolla M P., *Trifiletti V., *Listorti A., Mussini P. R., Di Carlo G., Tessore F., *Manca M., Biroli A. O., Pizzottia M.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, pp. 9577-9585, 1463-9076

Journal of Materials Chemistry C

2016 Free-standing micropatternable nanocomposites as efficient color converting filters for light emitting devices
*Pareo P., Carbone L., Mariano F., Zacheo A., Accorsi G., Arima V., Gigli G., *Manca M.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 4, pp. 5001-5009, 2050-7526

MRS Advances

2016 Widely Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Scattering in Mesoporous ITO Electrodes
*Pattathil P., *Giannuzzi R., *Qualtieri A., *Barawi M., *Manca M.
MRS Advances

ChemPhysChem

2016 Static and Dynamical Structural Investigations of Metal-Oxide Nanocrystals by Powder X-ray Diffraction: Colloidal Tungsten Oxide as a Case Study
Caliandro R., Sibillano T., Belviso D., *Scarfiello R., Hanson J. C., Dooryhee E., *Manca M., Cozzoli P. D., Giannini C.
ChemPhysChem, vol. 17, (no. 5), pp. 699 –709

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics

2016 Twofold Self-Assembling of Nanocrystals Into Nanocomposite Polymer
Coppola S., Nasti G., Mandracchia B., Vespini V., Grilli S., Pagliarulo V., *Pareo P., *Manca M., Carbone L., Gigli G., Ferraro P.
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 22, (no. 1), pp. 4800107

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics

2015 Two-fold Self-assembling of Nanocrystals into Nanocomposite Polymer
Coppola S., Nasti G., Mandracchia B., Vespini V., Grilli S., Pagliarulo V., *Pareo P., *Manca M., Carbone L., Gigli G., Ferraro P.
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 22, (no. 1)

Advanced Optical Materials

2015 On the Li Intercalation Kinetics in Tree-like WO3 Electrodes and Their Implementation in Fast Switchable Electrochromic Devices
*Giannuzzi R., *Balandeh M., *Mezzetti A., Meda L., *Pattathil P., Gigli G., *Di Fonzo F., *Manca M.
Advanced Optical Materials, vol. 3, (no. 11), pp. 1614–1622, 2195-1071

Chemical Communications

2015 High voltage supercapacitors based on carbon-grafted NiO nanowires interfaced with an aprotic ionic liquid
Anjali P., Naira S., *Pattathil P., *Manca M., Balakrishnan A.
Chemical Communications, vol. 51, (no. 28), pp. 6092-6095, 1364-548X

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2015 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, (no. 7), pp. 4283–4289

Journal of Materials Chemistry A

2015 Highly improved performance of ZnII tetraarylporphyrinates in DSSCs by the presence of octyloxy chains in the aryl rings
Biroli A. O., Tessore F., Vece V., Di Carlo G., Mussini P. R., *Trifiletti V., *De Marco L., *Giannuzzi R., *Manca M., Pizzotti M.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, (no. 6), pp. 2954-2959, 2050-7488

Chemical Communications

2014 Iodopropyl-branched polysiloxane gel electrolytes with improved ionic conductivity upon cross-linking
*De Gregorio G. L., *Giannuzzi R., *Cipolla M. P., Grisorio R., Capodilupo A. L., Suranna G. P., *Gigli G., *Manca M.
Chemical Communications, vol. 50, (no. 90), pp. 13904-13906, 1364-548X

Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9130

2014 Polymer Self-Assembling of Light Converting Microlenses Arrays
Coppola S., Mandracchia B., Nasti G., Vespini V., *Pareo P., Carbone L., *Manca M., Gigli G., Ferraro P.
Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9130

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2014 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 Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 3), pp. 1933–1943

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2014 Combined Strategy to Realize Efficient Photoelectrodes for Low Temperature Fabrication of Dye Solar Cells
Alberti A., *De Marco L., Pellegrino G., Condorelli G. G., *Giannuzzi R., Scarfiello R., *Manca M., Spinella C., *Gigli G., La Magna A.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 9), pp. 6425–6433

ChemSusChem

2014 Enhancing Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Performances by Molecular Engineering: Highly Efficient π-Extended Organic Sensitizers
Grisorio R., *De Marco L., *Agosta R., *Iacobellis R., *Giannuzzi R., *Manca M., Mastrorilli P., *Gigli G., Suranna G. P.
ChemSusChem, vol. 7, (no. 9), pp. 2659–2669, 1864-5631

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

2014 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.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, (no. 30), pp. 17100-17107, 1932-7447

Chemical Communications

2014 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.
Chemical Communications, vol. 50, (no. 67), pp. 9451, 1364-548X

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2014 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, vol. 6, (no. 4), pp. 2415–2422

Thin Solid Films

2014 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, vol. 568, pp. 122–130

Energy & Environmental Science

2013 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 & Environmental Science, vol. 6, pp. 1791-1795

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

2013 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, vol. 15, pp. 16949-16955, 1463-9076

Dyes and Pigments

2013 Anchoring stability and photovoltaic properties of new D(-pi-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., *Gigli G.
Dyes and Pigments, vol. 98, (no. 2), pp. 221–231, 0143-7208

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2013 Self-Cleaning Organic/Inorganic Photo-Sensors
*Milionis A., *Giannuzzi R., *Bayer I. S., *Papadopoulou E. L., *Ruffilli R., *Manca M., *Athanassiou A.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 5, (no. 15), pp. 7139-7145

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

2013 Electrochemical Assessment of the Band-Edge Positioning in Shape-Tailored TiO2-Nanorod-Based Photoelectrodes for Dye Solar Cells
*Agosta R., *Giannuzzi R., *De Marco L., *Manca M., Belviso M. R., Cozzoli P. D., *Gigli G.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, (no. 6), pp. 2574–2583, 1932-7447

Progress in Photovoltaics

2013 A new electrical model for the analysis of a partially shaded dye-sensitized solar cells module
*Giannuzzi R., *Manca M., Gigli G.
Progress in Photovoltaics, vol. 21, pp. 1520–1530, 1062-7995

Energy & Environmental Science

2012 A free-standing aligned-carbon-nanotube/nanocomposite foil as an efficient counter electrode for dye solar cells
Malara F., *Manca M., Lanza M., Hübner C., Piperopoulos E., Gigli G.
Energy & Environmental Science, vol. 5, (no. 8), pp. 8377-8383

Applied Surface Science

2012 The influence of polydimethylsiloxane curing ratio on capillary pressure in microfluidic devices
Viola I., Zacheo A., Arima V., Aricò A. S., Cortese B., *Manca M., Zocco A., Taurino A., Rinaldi R., Gigli G.
Applied Surface Science, vol. 258, (no. 20), pp. 8032–8039

Chemical Communications

2012 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, vol. 48, (no. 25), pp. 3109-3111, 1364-548X

Current Organic Chemistry

2011 Organic Dyes Containing A Triple Bond Spacer for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation
Scrascia A., Pastore M., Yin L., Picca R., *Manca M., Guo Y., De Angelis F., *Della Sala F., *Cingolani R., *Gigli G., Ciccarella G.
Current Organic Chemistry, vol. 15, (no. 19), pp. 3535-3543

Journal of the American Chemical Society

2011 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, vol. 133, (no. 47), pp. 19216-19239, 0002-7863

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

2011 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, vol. 363, (no. 2), pp. 668-675

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

2011 Flexible Carbon Nanotubes-Based Composite Plates as Efficient Monolithic Counter Electrodes for Dye Solar Cells
Malara F., *Manca M., *De Marco L., *Pareo P., *Gigli G.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 3, (no. 9), pp. 3625-3632

Journal of Materials Chemistry

2011 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, vol. 21, pp. 13371-13379, 0959-9428

Energy & Environmental Science

2011 Highly efficient smart photovoltachromic devices with tailored electrolyte composition
*Cannavale A., *Manca M., *Malara F., *De Marco L., *Cingolani R., Gigli G.
Energy & Environmental Science, vol. 4, (no. 7), pp. 2567-2574

Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry

2011 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, vol. 49, (no. 4), pp. 842-847

Building and Environment 

2010 Multifunctional bionspired sol-gel coatings for architectural glass
Cannavale A., Fiorito F., Manca M., Tortorici G., Cingolani R., Gigli G.
Building and Environment , vol. 45, pp. 1233-1243

Journal of Materials Chemistry

2010 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, vol. 20, (no. 34), pp. 7248-7254, 0959-9428

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

2010 Novel preparation method of TiO2-nanorods-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, vol. 114, pp. 4228-4236, 1932-7447

Thin Solid Films

2010 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, vol.  518, pp.  7147-7151