Seth Snyder grew up in New York City and went to Stuyvesant H.S. He received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, a M.S. in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Virginia.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne in Photosynthesis, he joined at Abbott Laboratories, first as a postdoctoral fellow in Alzheimer’s Disease Research and later in Pharmaceutical Discovery Research. In 1998, Seth rejoined Argonne as the Associate Director of the Chemistry Division where he developed new programs in nanoscience and applied biotechnology. In 2001, he joined the Energy Systems Division as the Section Leader of Chemical and Biological Technology and now Process Technology Research. His team develops new process technologies ranging from tree growth through conversion technologies and product 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 plastic recycling, PV materials, geothermal energy, and now battery materials. He serves as the President of the Council for Chemical Research. He serves as Argonne’s Lab Relationship Manager for the DOE Office of the Biomass Program, and on several advisory committees in renewable energy for the State of Illinois and University Centers.
Seth has published more than forty papers, has twelve patents (issued and pending) and has received three R&D 100 awards. In the community he serves as a Commissioner for Economic Development for the Village of Lincolnwood and as a morning Jazz DJ at WNUR-FM in Evanston IL.