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Professor Donald M. Snyder


Eastern Michigan University

Dr Donald M. Snyder earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1974 and PhD in Organic Chemistry from Purdue University, USA in 1980. Following graduate school, he joined the Research & Development Division of Virginia Chemicals Inc. in Portsmouth, USA, as a Project Leader from 1980-1985, conducting research on the sodium formate/sulfur dioxide process for sodium dithionite manufacture, the mechanisms of dialkyl polysulfide formation, and the discovery of alkali metal isoxanthate salts.

He relocated to the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania, USA, in 1985 and was a Research Scientist in the Pioneering Research Group of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. until 1993. During his time at Armstrong he conducted a wide range of industrial R&D in areas including synthesis of organophosphorous-nitrogen corrosion inhibitors, quaternary-ammonium based water-soluble polymers, organic/inorganic sol-gel nanocomposite materials, non-halogented flame retardants, and novel benzotriazole-based chemical embossing agents.

Donald has been the recipient of three Virginia Chemicals Outstanding Research Awards (1981, 1982 and 1983), two Armstrong World Industries Managers Awards for Excellence in Research (1988 and 1989) and four US Patents. In addition to his industrial R&D work, he also taught chemistry as an Adjunct Professor in the Chemistry Departments at Millersville State University, USA, and Pennsylvania State University-York between 1986 and 1993.

In 1993 Donald accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at Eastern Michigan University, where he advanced through the ranks to Full Professor in 2002 and continues to teach and conduct research today. Over the years at Eastern Michigan University, Donald has been active in a wide variety of academic pursuits, teaching courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science and Industrial Chemistry at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

His funded academic research has involved laser surface thermal lensing effects in polymer analysis, amino-bis-phosphonic acids flame retardants, impedance spectroscopy in biosensor applications, and wavefront distortion analysis in sensor design. He has studied the history, art and chemistry of oriental lacquer, and has both publications and meeting presentations on that subject. He was a Visiting Research Faculty member at Queen Mary University of London, UK, in 2003, and has travelled extensively as an invited speaker to international conferences in the UK, Ireland, Canada, China, and Portugal.

He has served five years as a Faculty Consultant to the College Board AP Program, eight times as a Grant Reviewer for the National Science Foundation SBIR/SBTR Proposal Review Panel for Advanced Materials Research, a manuscript reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals and as an Expert Witness Consultant in intellectual property litigation.

He currently resides in the small town of Saline in southwest Michigan, a short distance from Eastern Michigan University.