Byron A. Hunter, adjunct professor in the chemistry department at Brigham Young University, is the recipient of two research-related awards.
The Thomas Midgley Award, presented by the Detroit Section of the American Chemical Society, is given annually for outstanding research related to the automotive industry.The award recognizes Hunter's inventions in the field of foam-blowing agents, which are gas-forming chemicals used to produce cellular plastic and rubber.
He will receive the award Oct. 30 in Detroit, where he will present an address on his research.
On May 7, Hunter received the annual Uniroyal Chemical Company Outstanding Achievement Award for his research in the development of plastic and rubber.
As the recipient of the award, Hunter gave a lecture concerning his contributions that have spanned more than 40 years of research. He worked for Uniroyal for 34 years before joining BYU's faculty in 1978.