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2020 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science

Joe Foley is Professor and Graduate Advisor of Chemistry at Drexel University. He earned a B.S in Chemistry and Chemical Physics from Centre College of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida under the guidance of John Dorsey. He conducted research at National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) for 2 years as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. While on sabbatical in 2006-2007 he was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Frankfurt (Germany), and during 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

Joe’s research interests are in the fundamental and applied aspects of analytical chemistry and separation science, and he has authored or co-authored over 125 articles, book chapters, reviews, and one patent pertaining to pressure- and voltage-driven condensed-phase separations (U/HPLC, CE/EKC, SFC) while mentoring 4 postdocs/visiting scientists, 38 Ph.D. students (4 in progress), 12 M.S. students, and 23 undergraduates.  A highly-cited author, several equations from his publications pertaining to chromatographic figures of merit, electrokinetic chromatography, and two-dimensional liquid chromatography have appeared in undergraduate textbooks and/or graduate monographs.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals including Bioanalysis, Chromatographia, Current Chromatography, Electrophoresis, and Separations, having previously served on the boards of Analytical Communications, The Analyst, and the Journal of Microcolumn Separations. A long-time ad hoc reviewer for NSF and NIH, Joe is a lifetime member of the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley (CFDV), and has twice served as Program Chair and President.

Joe has organized and spoken in numerous invited scientific symposia for the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Gordon Research Conferences, the Electrophoresis Society, PittCon, EAS, and FACSS/SCIX.  He has also organized and co-taught several short courses for the CFDV, ACS, and PittCon.