Robert Wolkow is a Professor in the Department of Physics, iCORE Chair of Nanoscale Information and
Communications Technology at the University of Alberta and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He
is also the Principal Research Officer and Nanoelectronics Program Coordinator at the NRC
Nanotechnology Research Centre (NRC-NANO), AITF Industrial Chair in Atom Scale Fabrication and CTO
of Quantum Silicon Inc.
He received his B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and did
postdoctoral work at the IBM TJ Watson Research Centre before becoming a staff scientist at Bell
He has received awards for outstanding achievement from almost every institution where he has
worked; most recently the ASTech Outstanding Leadership in Alberta technology 2015, Innovation
Patent Award 2017, Innovation Makes Sense Spin Off Award 2015 and the Innovation Makes Sense
Patent Award 2016.
Wolkow has had a leading role in discovering, altering and deploying atom scale properties of silicon. His
years of fundamental advances have laid a broad foundation for practical applications. With his spin-off
companies, he is initiating commercialization.