Folk, Joshua


Associate Professor

Condensed Matter / Experiment / Materials

Office Location

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hennings 101A
6224 Agricultural Rd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Lab Location

Hennings 101
6224 Agricultural Rd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel (lab): (604) 822-4334

Phone: (604) 822-2535


Bachelors Degree Stanford University (1995)
Doctoral Degree Stanford University (2003)

Employment History

1995 – 1997 U.S. Peace Corps, Tanzania

1998 – 2003 Reseach Assistant, Stanford University

2003 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005 Research Associate, Delft University

2005 - 2010 Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

2010 - Present Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Awards & Honours

1998National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

1998 - 2001National Defense Sci. and Eng. Graduate Fellowship, Department of Defense

2001 - 2003Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University

2003 - 2004Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005 - 2015Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Nanostructures, Tier II

2010 - 2012Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Committees & Service

2005 - 2007 Condensed Matter Seminar Organizer

2006 - 2008 Department Colloquium Co-organizer

2007 - 2008 Graduate Student Admissions

2008 Major Entrance Scholarship Selection Committee

2008 - Present Condensed Matter Seminar Organizer

2008 - Present Co-Director of AMPEL Nanofabrication Facility

Research Interests

Our group measures the electronic properties of nanometer- and micron-scale devices at temperatures from 0.01K to 1K, where electronic transport is dominated by quantum mechanical effects. Many of our experiments focus on electron spin, because spin is the quantum degree of freedom that is most resilient to environmental decoherence. Specific projects currently underway include spin current control and measurement in GaAs circuits, decoherence and Kondo interactions in quantum dots, and graphene nanoelectronics.

Research Website


2355 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604.822.3909
Fax: 604.822.4750