MASSIMO CAMARDA, founder
Massimo 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.
FRANCESCO ROMANO, External Consultant
Francesco is Researcher at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). He received his Master's Degree in Physics in 2006, his PhD in Physics (cum laude) in 2010 and his Medical Physics certification in 2015, at University of Catania. From 2010 to 2017 he worked at INFN, first as a post-doc, afterwards as a fixed-term Researcher. During these years he actively contributed the scientific and clinical activities at the CATANA proton therapy centre in Catania (Italy), he coordinated the design and realization of the dosimetric system of a laser-driven proton beam line for medical applications (subsequently installed at ELI-Beamlines in Prague, Czech Republic) and he was responsible for the development of Monte Carlo simulations for medical applications. In 2017 he became staff Senior Researcher at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom (UK), which is the UK National Metrology Institute, where he continued to work on radiation dosimetry and microdosimetry, also developing novel approaches for FLASH and high dose rate beam dosimetry. In 2019 he moved back to Italy at INFN, where he is currently staff Researcher. His expertise is on radiation dosimetry and Monte Carlo simulations for medical applications. Dr. F. Romano is Honorary Lecturer at the Queen's University of Belfast and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Surrey, in the UK. He is member of the Geant4 International Collaboration and he was WP coordinator of national and international projects. He is Reviewer and Member of the Editorial Board for several peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has co-authored over 100 publications, is inventor of one patent application and he was speaker at over twenty international conferences.