Michele Manca

Affiliated Researcher
Dye Solar Labs @ Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies


+39 0832 1816 225


MM received his PhD in Nanotechnologies from University of Salento at July 2009. Upon spending two year as post-doc researcher at the National Nanotechnology Laboratories of CNR (Italy),  in 2011 he started working as team leader at the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of the Italian Institute of Technology, where he was coordinating a multifaceted research line devoted to the development of advanced photoelectrochemical materials & devices for solar energy conversion and storage. At October 2017 he moved to LEITAT Technological Center (Spain), where is nowdays working as Senior Researcher at the Energy & Engineering Department. In 2019 he was awarded with the Spanish research grant “Ramon y Cajal”. His research interests range from the development of new materials and technologies for smart windows to the implementation of advanced dynamic solutions for energy efficient building facades. He is author of about 60 papers on international journals and 4 granted patents. He coordinated different national R&D initiatives and participated as WP leader to several European projects. He is member of the International Electrochemical Society and of the International Society for Optics and Photonics. He organized and chaired the past two editions of the session “Dynamic Glazing Technologies” at the Advanced Building Skins conference in Bern (Switzerland).


FIAMM. Contextually to the activation of his PhD studentship, MM 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 in car backlights. He worked on the design (raytracing) and fabrication of the micro-optics and on their successful integration in lighting apparatus prototypes.
iGUZZINI. 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.
ESCORT. 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.
TOZZI. 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. 
MAAT. 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 photoelectrochemical devices embodying both photovoltaic and electrochromic functionalities ("photovoltachromic" devices). 

SUNDANCING. Beneficiary of a TECNIOSPRING+ fellowship, granted by the Catalan Agency for Enterprise Competitivenessv - ACCIO' (grant agreement 712949), to carriy out the project SUNDANCING. The project delivered a set of solid state dual band electrochromic windows proptypes capable of selectively control the incoming solar radiation in the near-infrared range in response to both exterior variable conditions and interior comfort requirements. 

Selected Publications



IIT Publications

  • 2020
  • Yilmaz P., Magni M., Martinez S., Gonzalez Gil R., Della Pirriera M., Manca M.iit

    Spectrally Selective PANI/ITO Nanocomposite Electrodes for Energy-Efficient Dual Band Electrochromic Windows

    ACS Applied Energy Materials
  • 2018
  • Barawi M.iit, Veramonti G.iit, Epifani M., Giannuzzi R.iit, Sibillano T., Giannini C., Rougier A., Manca M.iit

    A dual band electrochromic device switchable across four distinct optical modes

    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 6, (no. 22), pp. 10201-10205
  • Benazzi E., Magni M., Colombo A., Dragonetti C., Caramori S., Bignozzi C.A., Grisorio R., Suranna G.P., Cipolla M.P.iit, Manca M.iit, Roberto D.

    Bis(1,10-phenanthroline) copper complexes with tailored molecular architecture: from electrochemical features to application as redox mediators in dye-sensitized solar cells

    Electrochimica Acta, vol. 271, pp. 180-189
  • 2017
  • Cipolla M.P.iit, De Gregorio G.L.iit, Grisorio R., Giannuzzi R.iit, Gigli G., Suranna G.P., Manca M.iit

    An ion conductive polysiloxane as effective gel electrolyte for long stable dye solar cells

    Journal of Power Sources, vol. 356, pp. 191-199
  • Urso C.iit, Barawi M.iit, Gaspari R.iit, Sirigu G., Kriegel I.iit, Zavelani-Rossi M., Scotognella F., Manca M.iit, Prato M.iit, De Trizio L.iit, Manna L.iit

    Colloidal synthesis of bipolar off-stoichiometric gallium iron oxide spinel-type nanocrystals with near-IR plasmon resonance

    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 139, (no. 3), pp. 1198-1206
  • Barawi M.iit, De Trizio L.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Veramonti G.iit, Manna L.iit, Manca M.iit

    Dual Band Electrochromic Devices Based on Nb-Doped TiO2 Nanocrystalline Electrodes

    ACS Nano, vol. 11, (no. 4), pp. 3576-3584
  • Giannuzzi R.iit, Da Silva R.O.iit, Baravvi M.iit, De Trizio L.iit, Veramonti G.iit, Qualtieri A.iit, Manna L.iit, Manca M.iit

    From capacitance-controlled to diffusion-controlled electrochromism in Nb-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline electrodes

    ECS Transactions, vol. 77, (no. 11), pp. 1671-1680
  • Giannuzzi R.iit, Scarfiello R., Sibillano T., Nobile C., Grillo V., Giannini C., Cozzoli P.D., Manca M.iit

    From capacitance-controlled to diffusion-controlled electrochromism in one-dimensional shape-tailored tungsten oxide nanocrystals

    Nano Energy, vol. 41, pp. 634-645
  • Grisorio R., Iacobellis R.iit, Listorti A., De Marco L., Cipolla M.P.iit, Manca M.iit, Rizzo A., Abate A., Gigli G., Suranna G.P.

    Rational Design of Molecular Hole-Transporting Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells: Direct versus Inverted Device Configurations

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 9, (no. 29), pp. 24778-24787
  • De Marco L.iit, Calestani D., Qualtieri A.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Ferro P., Gigli G., Listorti A., Mosca R.

    Single crystal mesoporous ZnO platelets as efficient photoanodes for sensitized solar cells

    Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 168, pp. 227-233
  • 2016
  • Pareo P.iit, Carbone L., Mariano F., Zacheo A., Accorsi G., Arima V., Gigli G., Manca M.iit

    Free-standing micropatternable nanocomposites as efficient colour converting filters for light emitting devices

    Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 4, (no. 22), pp. 5001-5009
  • Magnano G., Marinotto D., Cipolla M.P.iit, Trifiletti V.iit, Listorti A.iit, Mussini P.R., Di Carlo G., Tessore F., Manca M.iit, Orbelli Biroli A., Pizzotti M.

    Influence of alkoxy chain envelopes on the interfacial photoinduced processes in tetraarylporphyrin-sensitized solar cells

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, (no. 14), pp. 9577-9585
  • Pattathil P.iit, Scarfiello R., Giannuzzi R.iit, Veramonti G.iit, Sibillano T., Qualtieri A.iit, Giannini C., Cozzoli P.D., Manca M.iit

    Near-infrared selective dynamic windows controlled by charge transfer impedance at the counter electrode

    Nanoscale, vol. 8, (no. 48), pp. 20056-20065
  • Pattathil P.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit

    Self-powered NIR-selective dynamic windows based on broad tuning of the localized surface plasmon resonance in mesoporous ITO electrodes

    Nano Energy, vol. 30, pp. 242-251
  • Caliandro R., Sibillano T., Belviso B.D., Scarfiello R.iit, Hanson J.C., Dooryhee E., Manca M.iit, Cozzoli P.D., Giannini C.

    Static and Dynamical Structural Investigations of Metal-Oxide Nanocrystals by Powder X-ray Diffraction: Colloidal Tungsten Oxide as a Case Study

    ChemPhysChem, vol. 17, (no. 5), pp. 699-709
  • Magni M., Giannuzzi R.iit, Colombo A., Cipolla M.P.iit, Dragonetti C., Caramori S., Carli S., Grisorio R.iit, Suranna G.P.iit, Bignozzi C.A., Roberto D., Manca M.iit

    Tetracoordinated Bis-phenanthroline Copper-Complex Couple as Efficient Redox Mediators for Dye Solar Cells

    Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 55, (no. 11), pp. 5245-5253
  • Coppola S., Nasti G., Mandracchia B., Vespini V., Grilli S., Pagliarulo V., Pareo P.iit, Manca M.iit, Carbone L., Gigli G., Ferraro P.

    Twofold Self-Assembling of Nanocrystals into Nanocomposite Polymer

    IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 22, (no. 1)
  • Pattathil P.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Qualtieri A.iit, Barawi M.iit, Manca M.iit

    Widely Tunable Localized Surface Plasmon Scattering in Mesoporous ITO Electrodes

    MRS Advances, vol. 1, (no. 59), pp. 3903-3908
  • 2015
  • Orbelli Biroli A., Tessore F., Vece V., Di Carlo G., Mussini P.R., Trifiletti V.iit, De Marco L.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Pizzotti M.

    Highly improved performance of ZnII tetraarylporphyrinates in DSSCs by the presence of octyloxy chains in the aryl rings

    Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, (no. 6), pp. 2954-2959
  • Paravannoor A., Nair S.V., Pattathil P.iit, Manca M.iit, Balakrishnan A.

    High voltage supercapacitors based on carbon-grafted NiO nanowires interfaced with an aprotic ionic liquid

    Chemical Communications, vol. 51, (no. 28), pp. 6092-6095
  • Trifiletti V.iit, Roiati V.iit, Colella S., Giannuzzi R.iit, De Marco L.iit, Rizzo A.iit, Manca M.iit, Listorti A.iit, Gigli G.iit

    NiO/MAPbI3-xClx/PCBM: A model case for an improved understanding of inverted mesoscopic solar cells

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 7, (no. 7), pp. 4283-4289
  • Giannuzzi R.iit, Balandeh M.iit, Mezzetti A.iit, Meda L., Pattathil P.iit, Gigli G., Di Fonzo F.iit, Manca M.iit

    On the Li Intercalation Kinetics in Tree-like WO3 Electrodes and Their Implementation in Fast Switchable Electrochromic Devices

    Advanced Optical Materials, vol. 3, (no. 11), pp. 1614-1622
  • 2014
  • Manca M.iit, Beke S.iit, De Marco L.iit, Pareo P.iit, Qualtieri A.iit, Cannavale A.iit, Brandi F.iit, Gigli G.

    3D photoelectrode for dye solar cells realized by laser micromachining of photosensitive glass

    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, (no. 30), pp. 17100-17107
  • Agosta R.iit, Grisorio R., De Marco L.iit, Romanazzi G., Suranna G.P., Gigli G.iit, Manca M.iit

    An engineered co-sensitization system for highly efficient dye solar cells

    Chemical Communications, vol. 50, (no. 67), pp. 9451-9453
  • Alberti A., De Marco L.iit, Pellegrino G., Condorelli G.G., Giannuzzi R.iit, Scarfiello R.iit, Manca M.iit, Spinella C., Gigli G.iit, La Magna A.

    Combined strategy to realize efficient photoelectrodes for low temperature fabrication of dye solar cells

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 9), pp. 6425-6433
  • Grisorio R., De Marco L.iit, Agosta R.iit, Iacobellis R.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Mastrorilli P., Gigli G.iit, Suranna G.P.

    Enhancing Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Performances by Molecular Engineering: Highly Efficient π-Extended Organic Sensitizers

    ChemSusChem, vol. 7, (no. 9), pp. 2659-2669
  • De Gregorio G.L.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Cipolla M.P.iit, Agosta R.iit, Grisorio R., Capodilupo A., Suranna G.P., Gigli G., Manca M.iit

    Iodopropyl-branched polysiloxane gel electrolytes with improved ionic conductivity upon cross-linking

    Chemical Communications, vol. 50, (no. 90), pp. 13904-13906
  • Cannavale A.iit, Manca M.iit, De Marco L.iit, Grisorio R., Carallo S., Suranna G.P., Gigli G.iit

    Photovoltachromic device with a micropatterned bifunctional counter electrode

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 4), pp. 2415-2422
  • Coppola S., Mandracchia B., Nasti G., Vespini V., Pareo P.iit, Carbone L., Manca M.iit, Gigli G., Ferraro P.

    Polymer self-assembling of light converting microlenses arrays

    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 9130
  • Nunzi F., Storchi L., Manca M., Giannuzzi R., Gigli G., De Angelis F.

    Shape and morphology effects on the electronic structure of TiO2 nanostructures: From nanocrystals to nanorods

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 4), pp. 2471-2478
  • Manca M.iit, De Marco L.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Agosta R.iit, Dwivedi C., Qualtieri A.iit, Cozzoli P.D., Dutta V., Gigli G.iit

    TiO2 nanorod-based photoelectrodes for dye solar cells with tunable morphological features

    Thin Solid Films, vol. 568, (no. 1), pp. 122-130
  • Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, De Marco L.iit, Belviso M.R., Cannavale A.iit, Sibillano T., Giannini C., Cozzoli P.D., Gigli G.iit

    Ultrathin TiO2(B) nanorods with superior lithium-ion storage performance

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 6, (no. 3), pp. 1933-1943
  • 2013
  • Grisorio R., De Marco L.iit, Allegretta G., Giannuzzi R.iit, Suranna G.P., Manca M.iit, Mastrorilli P., Gigli G.iit

    Anchoring stability and photovoltaic properties of new D(-π-A) 2 dyes for dye-sensitized solar cell applications

    Dyes and Pigments, vol. 98, (no. 2), pp. 221-231
  • Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Gigli G.iit

    A new electrical model for the analysis of a partially shaded dye-sensitized solar cells module

    Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 21, (no. 7), pp. 1520-1530
  • Agosta R.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, De Marco L.iit, Manca M.iit, Belviso M.R., Cozzoli P.D., Gigli G.iit

    Electrochemical assessment of the band-edge positioning in shape-tailored TiO2-nanorod-based photoelectrodes for dye solar cells

    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, (no. 6), pp. 2574-2583
  • De Marco L.iit, Di Carlo G., Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Riccucci C., Ingo G.M., Gigli G.

    Highly efficient photoanodes for dye solar cells with a hierarchical meso-ordered structure

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 15, (no. 39), pp. 16949-16955
  • Milionis A.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Bayer I.S.iit, Papadopoulou E.L.iit, Ruffilli R.iit, Manca M.iit, Athanassiou A.iit

    Self-cleaning organic/inorganic photo-sensors

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 5, (no. 15), pp. 7139-7145
  • De Marco L.iit, Manca M.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Belviso M.R., Cozzoli P.D., Gigli G.iit

    Shape-tailored TiO2 nanocrystals with synergic peculiarities as building blocks for highly efficient multi-stack dye solar cells

    Energy and Environmental Sciences, vol. 6, (no. 6), pp. 1791-1795
  • 2012
  • Malara F., Manca M.iit, Lanza M., Hubner C., Piperopoulos E., Gigli G.iit

    A free-standing aligned-carbon-nanotube/nanocomposite foil as an efficient counter electrode for dye solar cells

    Energy and Environmental Sciences, vol. 5, (no. 8), pp. 8377-8383
  • Gregorio G.L.D.iit, Agosta R.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Martina F., Marco L.D.iit, Manca M.iit, Gigli G.

    Highly stable gel electrolytes for dye solar cells based on chemically engineered polymethacrylic hosts

    Chemical Communications, vol. 48, (no. 25), pp. 3109-3111
  • Viola I., Zacheo A., Arima V., Arico A.S., Cortese B., Manca M.iit, Zocco A., Taurino A., Rinaldi R., Gigli G.iit

    The influence of polydimethylsiloxane curing ratio on capillary pressure in microfluidic devices

    Applied Surface Science, vol. 258, (no. 20), pp. 8032-8039
  • 2011
  • Malara F., Manca M.iit, De Marco L.iit, Pareo P.iit, Gigli G.iit

    Flexible carbon nanotube-based composite plates as efficient monolithic counter electrodes for dye solar cells

    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 3, (no. 9), pp. 3625-3632
  • Cannavale A.iit, Manca M.iit, Malara F., De Marco L.iit, Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G.

    Highly efficient smart photovoltachromic devices with tailored electrolyte composition

    Energy and Environmental Sciences, vol. 4, (no. 7), pp. 2567-2574
  • De Marco L., Manca M., Buonsanti R., Giannuzzi R., Malara F., Pareo P., Martiradonna L., Giancaspro N.M., Cozzoli P.D., Gigli G.

    High-quality photoelectrodes based on shape-tailored TiO2 nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 21, (no. 35), pp. 13371-13379
  • Buonsanti R., Carlino E., Giannini C., Altamura D., De Marco L.iit, Giannuzzi R.iit, Manca M.iit, Gigli G., Cozzoli P.D.

    Hyperbranched anatase TiO2 nanocrystals: Nonaqueous synthesis, growth mechanism, and exploitation in dye-sensitized solar cells

    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 133, (no. 47), pp. 19216-19239
  • Scrascia A., Pastore M., Yin L., Picca R.A., Manca M.iit, Guo Y.-C., de Angelis F., della Sala F.iit, Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G.iit, Ciccarella G.

    Organic dyes containing a triple bond spacer for dye sensitized solar cells: A combined experimental and theoretical investigation

    Current Organic Chemistry, vol. 15, (no. 19), pp. 3535-3543
  • Grisorio R., Mastrorilli P., Suranna G.P., Cosma P., De Marco L.iit, Manca M.iit, Gigli G.iit

    The suzuki-heck polymerization as a tool for the straightforward obtainment of poly(fluorenylene-vinylene) sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, vol. 49, (no. 4), pp. 842-847
  • Pareo P.iit, De Gregorio G.L.iit, Manca M.iit, Pianesi M.S., De Marco L.iit, Cavallaro F., Mari M., Pappada S., Ciccarella G., Gigli G.

    Ultra lightweight PMMA-based composite plates with robust super-hydrophobic surfaces

    Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 363, (no. 2), pp. 668-675
  • 2010
  • Manca M.iit, Malara F., Martiradonna L.iit, De Marco L.iit, Giannuzzi R., Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G.iit

    Charge recombination reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells by means of an electron beam-deposited TiO2 buffer layer between conductive glass and photoelectrode

    Thin Solid Films, vol. 518, (no. 23), pp. 7147-7151
  • Cannavale A., Fiorito F., Manca M.iit, Tortorici G., Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G.iit

    Multifunctional bioinspired sol-gel coatings for architectural glasses

    Building and Environment, vol. 45, (no. 5), pp. 1233-1243
  • De Marco L., Manca M.iit, Giannuzzi R., Malara F., Melcarne G., Ciccarella G., Zama I., Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G.iit

    Novel preparation method of TiO2-nanorod-based photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells with improved light-harvesting efficiency

    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 114, (no. 9), pp. 4228-4236
  • Melcarne G., De Marco L., Carlino E., Martina F., Manca M., Cingolani R.iit, Gigli G., Ciccarella G.

    Surfactant-free synthesis of pure anatase TiO2 nanorods suitable for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 20, (no. 34), pp. 7248-7254
  • 2009
  • Manca M., Cannavale A., De Marco L., Arico A.S., Cingolani R., Gigli G.

    Durable superhydrophobic and antireflective surfaces by trimethylsilanized silica nanoparticles-based sol-gel processing

    Langmuir, vol. 25, (no. 11), pp. 6357-6362
  • 2008
  • Manca M., Quercetti F., Gattari M., Cingolani R., Gigli G.

    Highly efficient photometrics tailoring by means of optimized bell-shaped lens arrays

    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 7103
  • Manca M., Cortese B., Viola I., Arico A.S., Cingolani R., Gigli G.

    Influence of chemistry and topology effects on superhydrophobic CF 4-plasma-treated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)

    Langmuir, vol. 24, (no. 5), pp. 1833-1843
  • Cortese B., D'Amone S., Manca M., Viola I., Cingolani R., Gigli G.

    Superhydrophobicity due to the hierarchical scale roughness of PDMS surfaces

    Langmuir, vol. 24, (no. 6), pp. 2712-2718