A UNT engineering professor and researcher has been elected a member to the Ukrainian Academy of Petroleum and Gas.
Witold Brostow, Regents Professor of materials science and engineering, was recognized for his commitment to finding solutions to the world's energy issues.
The academy has members across the world and is based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
"We all know the importance of energy is growing rapidly, and the academy is the only worldwide organization focused on this issue," Brostow says.
Brostow leads UNT's Laboratory of Advanced Polymers & Optimized Materials (LAPOM). Under his direction, researchers work to discover new properties and uses for plastics. The laboratory's primary function is to find ways to improve the properties of existing materials or to create new ones that are scratch-resistant, have low friction, survive high temperatures and can sustain high impacts.
Some of the lab's current research focuses on improving polymer coatings, including those on cookware. Since polymers are mainly made from petroleum, LAPOM works with Ukrainian colleagues at the Lvivska Politechnika National University to find ways to reduce petroleum use in the production of polymers.
Brostow is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of Mexico and of the Union for Polymer Research in Berlin. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and winner of the Fred A. Schwab International Award of the Society of Plastic Engineers.
Sarah Bahari with UNT News Service can be reached at Sarah.Bahari@unt.edu.