Faculty DirectorySeth W. Snyder
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Seth W. Snyder
PhD Biophysics, Univ. of Virginia, 1989
MS Physical Chemistry, Univ. of Virginia, 1985
BA Chemistry & Environmental Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1980
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.