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 Co. Outstanding Achievement Award for his research in the development of plastic and rubber.

A member of BYU's faculty since 1978, Hunter is co-author of 13 papers.

Hunter has also been awarded 63 patents.