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Henry C. "Hank" Foley Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies


Henry “Hank” C. Foley is senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, the executive vice president for academic affairs for the University of Missouri system, with a joint appointment as a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department. He previously served as vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at The Pennsylvania State University. Foley’s primary research focus is the synthesis, characterization and application of nanoporous carbons. He is widely recognized as one of the leading scholars in this research area with more than 120 published articles and 14 U.S. patents. Foley has received various awards for his accomplishments and in 2013, was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He also has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and Leo C. Friend Award under the IEC Division of the American Chemical Society. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division at the American Chemical Society (ACS). Foley has been a frequent guest lecturer and has served as a reviewer for a variety of journals including Science, Nature and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Foley previously was on the chemical engineering faculty at The University of Delaware and worked as a chemist for American Cyanimid.

Technical Focus

  • Nanoporous carbons


  • PhD from The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS from Purdue University
  • BS from Providence College