Michele Manca

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


+39 0832 1816 225


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.


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.