- PhD Chemistry 1984
Dr. Urban received his B.S. degree in 1979 in Material Science and Chemistry from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Cracow, Poland. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Chemistry with Professor Bahne Cornilsen in 1984, after joining the Chemistry Department of Michigan Tech with a master's degree in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Marquette University in 1981.
Since 1986, after spending two years as Research Associate in the Macromolecular Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Urban had a most distinguished academic career at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, rising to the rank of Professor in Polymers and Coatings in 1995. Since that year, he served as Chair of the Department of Polymers and Coatings and as Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Coatings. This year, Dr. Urban joined the Department of Polymer Science in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi.
His research efforts are directed towards the understanding of molecular level properties of surfaces and interfaces in polymers and coatings. Of particular interest are the application and development of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic methods for the analysis of surfaces and interfaces and non-equilibrium processes. Dr. Urban has published more than 110 refereed research papers, 15 book chapters, and he authored or co-authored seven books. He also holds 2 patents. His research funding over the last 15 years is approaching 7 million dollars.
Dr. Urban is the editor of the Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces Series and serves on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. Other examples of his scientific leadership include service as Conference Chairman for many international symposia and service as reviewer for all the major research agencies and journals in his field.
From 2000 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy