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Seth W. Snyder

Adjunct Professor


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech B224
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

Email Seth W. Snyder


Master of Biotechnology


Mechanical Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering


Master of Biotechnology Program


PhD Biophysics, Univ. of Virginia, 1989

MS Physical Chemistry, Univ. of Virginia, 1985

BA Chemistry & Environmental Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1980

Research Interests

Dr. Snyder teaches a course on Energy Systems. 

He leads the Process Technology Research Section at Argonne National Laboratory.  He serves as the biofuels technology manager for the Laboratory.  His team develops new process technologies ranging from sustainable tree growth through bioconversion technologies and separations.  The goal is to improve energy efficiency in production of biofuels and biobased products, CO2 capture, and water treatment. In other technology areas, his team works on catalysis, plastics recycling, PV materials, geothermal energy, battery materials, and magnetic materials.

He serves as the President of the Council for Chemical Research. He has a senior fellow appointment at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC).  He serves on the advisory council for the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI).  He serves on the advisory board for several academic centers.

He has published over 50 papers, has sixteen patents, has had his research presented at over 90 conferences over the past nine years.  He received the 2012 FLC Award for excellence in technology transfer, three R&D 100 awards and an Outstanding Mentor Award from the DOE FAST Program.  Earlier in his career he worked as a Senior Research Biochemist at Abbott Laboratories and as the Associate Division Director of Argonne’s Chemistry Division.  He serves as an early morning jazz DJ at Northwestern’s WNUR.