Jeff Snyder received his B.S. in
physics, chemistry and mathematics at Cornell University and
his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University (1997)
where he was a Hertz Fellow. He was a senior member of the
technical staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 9 years
(1997-2006). His research interests include Solid State Chemistry,
Physics and Engineering of electronic, magnetic and energy
materials. His current research focuses on Thermoelectric
Materials and Devices.
Since joining JPL/Caltech in 1997, Dr. Snyder has been investigating
novel thermoelectric materials focusing recently on complex
Zintl phases, and nanometer scale structures. He has developed
the concept of thermoelectric compatibility for design and
optimization of segmented generators, and he has developed
empirical and analytical models for calculating thermoelectric
performance. He is especially interested in thermoelectric
properties of materials above room temperature. He has developed
capabilities for measurements of Seebeck coefficient (Thermoelectric
Power), electrical resistivity, Hall effect, thermal diffusivity
and thermal conductivity up to 1000 degrees C.
At JPL, using electrochemistry and low-cost microfabrication
techniques, he has developed the fabrication process and testing
of thermoelectric microdevices. He has also designed and tested
portable power sources for terrestrial and space applications.
Dr. Snyder's previous areas of research include Colossal
Magnetoresistance materials and Metallic Ferromagnets (Stanford
University) which involved materials synthesis, thin film
deposition, and design, automation and analysis of electronic
and magnetic measurements. At the Max Planck Institut für
Festkörperrperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany (1992-93) he studied
Intermetallic, Sub-nitride, and C60 intercalation solid state
chemistry. At Cornell (1990-91) he studied chalchogenides.