Stefano Lai



Stefano Lai, PhD

DIEE – University of Cagliari
Piazza d’Armi – 09123 CAGLIARI (Italy)
Tel. +39 070 675 5769


Stefano Lai (Cagliari, 1984) obtained magna cum laude the M.Sc. Degree in Electronics in 2010 discussing the thesis “Fabrication and characterization of DNA sensors in CMOS and organic technology”. He joined the EOLAB – Microelectronics Lab at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as Ph.D. student in 2011. He received the Ph.D. in Electronics and Computer Science in 2014 discussing the thesis “Charge Modulated Field-Effect Transistors: technologies and applications for biochemical sensing”. In 2014 he joined the Advanced Electronic Devices group as Postdoctoral research fellow.

His research activities involve several aspects related to plastic and organic electronics applications:

  • Development, fabrication and characterization of Organic Field-Effect Transistor-based biochemical sensors;
  • Development, fabrication and characterization of Organic Field-Effect Transistor-based radiation sensors;
  • Development, fabrication and characterization of Organic Field-Effect Transistor-based physical sensors (e.g., temperature and mechanical sensors);
  • Optimization and standardization of large area fabrication processes for Organic Field-Effect Transistors operating at low voltages;
  • Simulation and fabrication of organic electronic circuitries and readout electronics for organic sensors;
  • Tattoo organic electronics.

He was involved as research assistant for the European projects Roboskin (FP7/2007-2013, Grant Agreement n. 231500) and HYMEC (FP7/2007-2013, Grant Agreement n. 263073). In the European project i-FLEXIS (FP7/2007-2013, Grant Agreement n. 611070) he was the main research responsible for the assessment of standardized, reproducible fabrication processes for high-performing, low voltage organic field-effect transistors and X-Rays sensors, for the development of encapsulation strategies for organic devices and for the development, simulation, fabrication and characterization of organic electronic circuits for the readout of organic X-Rays sensor response..


Stefano Lai is author of 37 peer-reviewed papers (24 journal articles, 13 conference proceedings), 2 book chapters and is the inventor of 2 international patents. His papers have been cited 264 times by 183 documents, and his Hirsh index is 10 (source: Scopus, updated to December, 2017)

Journal Papers

Conference Proceedings

Book chapters



Stefano Lai attended to 12 international and 2 national conferences, giving 12 oral presentations and presenting 3 posters. He was invited speaker to 4 conferences:

  • The Swiss Conference on Printed Electronics and Functional Materials, Basel (Switzerland), November 21st-23rd, 2013 (“Ultra-Low voltage Organic Devices for Sensing Applications”)
  • Bioelectronic Symposium, Singapore (Singapore), October 20th-21st, 2014 (“Organic charge sensing devices as powerful tools for the quantitative detection of biological, chemical, and physical variables”)
  • IEEE 15th International Conference on Nanotechnology, Rome, July 27th-30th, 2015 (“Highly flexible and low voltage Organic Thin Film Transistors for wearable electronics and e-skin applications”).
  • XXXI Eurosensors Conference, Paris, September 3rd-6th, 2017 (“Printed and Flexible Mechanical Sensors”, lecture for the Conference School “Printed and flexible electronics for the development of sensing systems”)

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