Seth W. Snyder is the leader of Argonne National Laboratory's water initiative. In this role, he coordinates work with other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories to address the Energy-Water Nexus. He also coordinates a regional initiative in water investment in Chicago. Previously he served as Bioenergy Technology Manager and leader of Process Technology Research. He is a Senior Fellow in the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute at Chicago. He is also a Fellow at the Institute of Molecular Engineering and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.
He has developed and worked on leading technology and engineering in renewable energy, water, produced water, and energy efficiency. His work has resulted in 3 R&D 100 Awards and an FLC Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He has published over 60 papers, has 19 patents, and has had his work presented at over 90 conferences over the past decade. He recently published a book, Commercializing Biobased Products, for the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He co-founded AD Up Energy LLC to commercialize his group's enhanced anaerobic digestion (wastewater) technology. He has an ongoing collaboration with Ben Gurion University of the Negev on membranes for wastewater treatment. He teaches a graduate course on energy and an undergraduate course on sustainability at Northwestern University. He is the former President of the Council for Chemical Research, a 501(c)(3).