STLab was founded in Catania, Italy, by Dr. Camarda in May 2020.
Our focus is the development of innovative electronic devices.


MASSIMO CAMARDA received his Master’s degree (cum laude) and his Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Catania in 2002 and 2006, respectively. From 2006 to 2014, he worked at CNR-IMM, first as postdoc, later as a senior postdoc. From 2015 to 2019, he continued his scientific work as Senior Scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.  During these years, he has developed several novel characterization and fabrication processes for the realization of novel electronic devices, e.g. the first, transparent-mode, silicon carbide x-ray sensor. In the meantime, this technology has been commercialized by PSI and is already extensively applied for the stabilization of synchrotron light-sources in Europe, Japan and Australia. During his stay in Switzerland, he has been establishing and coordinating several international research projects (including Horizon2020, with more than 1.5 M€ approved funds) and pursued a number of successful collaborations with industry. Since 2020, Dr. Camarda has been external consultant for CNR-IMM (IT) and for PSI (CH). He has co-authored over 100 publications in international journals, and is inventor of eight patent applications.

GIORGIO RUSSO - Prof. Giorgio I. Russo is Associate Professor in Urology at the University of Catania since 2020. He has been research and Clinical fellow at the Department of Urology at the University of Tübingen with Prof. A. Stenzl from July 2017 to January 2018.  He is Chairman of the EAU Young Academic Urologists – Men’s Health working group and Ex-Officio member of the YOU and the ESAU section. He is statistical analyst at the Urological clinic of the University of Catania with more than 150 public publications ( On 2019, He has been awarded with the Ferring 2019 Grant for a project on bladder cancer and on 2021 with the Young Academic Urologist Award of the European Association of Urology. Public speaker at many international (EAU, AUA, SIU) and National congresses in the field of andrology, sexual medicine and uro-oncology.

MARIO BIRRI After completing his apprenticeship as an automation technician, Mario Birri worked as a software engineer for Java developments until 2006. He then completed his studies in systems engineering with a specialization in industrial automation at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz. At the same time, he was able to gain a lot of experience in mechanical engineering and the semiconductor industry at Schneeberger Lineartechnik AG as a production engineer for building and testing of high performance positioning systems. Since 2012, he has been a beamline engineer at the microXAS Beamline of Swiss Light Source at Paul Scherrer Institute, where he is responsible for the further development and integration of new beamline components. His strengths include the creative and flexible problem-solving methods as well as the interdisciplinary system understanding. These skills helped him to optimize the beamline, which some of these implemented solutions have been recognized in publications and were mentioned at SRI 2015 for the Young Engineer Award.