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Seth Snyder

Urban Water Alliance Leader

Seth W. Snyder is the leader of Argonne National Laboratory’s water initiative. His work in creating a regional public/private partnership formed the backbone for Current, a new Chicago non-profit. His work with federal staff and the other National Laboratories has significantly raised the priority of the energy-water nexus in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Snyder develops leading technologies in water treatment, bioenergy, and energy conversion. His works includes separations, desalination, anaerobic digestion, and bioconversions. He has been recognized with three R&D100 Awards and a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.  He has published research in more than forty different journals, received eighteen patents, and over the past four years, presented at conferences on four continents.

Dr. Snyder is a fellow at the University of Chicago in the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago and in the Institute of Molecular Engineering. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, where he teaches a graduate-level course on energy and an undergraduate course on sustainability. Recently he founded a company, AD Up Water LLC, to evaluate commercialization of water technologies. He is an external advisor for several international and U.S. academic research centers and the former President of the Council for Chemical Research. Recently he published a book, “Commercializing Biobased Products” for the Royal Society of Chemistry and is currently co-authoring a book, “Water is” for World Scientific Publishing. 

Dr. Snyder received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. He received an M.S. in Physical Chemistry and Ph.D. in Biophysics, both from the University of Virginia.