Michele Manca

Affiliated Researcher
Group leader and Scientific Responsible of Dye Solar Labs @ IIT-CBN

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

  • 2018
  • Barawi M.iit, Veramonti G.iit, Epifani M., Giannuzzi R.iit, Sibillano T., Giannini C., Rougier A., Manca M.iit
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    On the Li Intercalation Kinetics in Tree-like WO 3 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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    Shape and morphology effects on the electronic structure of TiO 2 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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    Ultrathin TiO 2 (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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    Shape-tailored TiO 2 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
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    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
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    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.
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    High-quality photoelectrodes based on shape-tailored TiO 2 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.
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    Hyperbranched anatase TiO 2 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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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
    DOI

    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.
    DOI

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Superhydrophobicity due to the hierarchical scale roughness of PDMS surfaces

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