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Michele Manca

Affiliated Researcher
Dye Solar Labs @ Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies

Research Line

Nanotechnologies for Humans and Biosystems

Center

CBN@UniLe Lecce

Contacts

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About

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).

Projects

 
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

 

 

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