Best Student Paper Award – Over the years the conference has benefitted from the many excellent papers given by students. To give these exceptional students well-deserved recognition, the Conference Committee now presents the Clearwater Clean Energy Conference Best Student Paper Award.
 Those participating in this year’s Best Student Paper Award, need to follow the Guidelines specifically prepared for the award by the Conference Committee.  Guidelines for Best Student Paper Award 2018

So far 14 students from Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Sweden and the U.S. are participating in the Best Student Paper Award at the 2018 Clearwater Clean Energy Conference; they are:

Teri Snow Draper, Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, University of Utah, USA,  A Preliminary Model to Predict the Complex Refractive Indices of Natural Coal Ash at High Temperature

Adrian Gunnerson, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden,  Full Scale 3D-Modelling of the Radiative Heat Transfer in Rotary Kilns with a Present Bed Material

Peter Ostermeier, M.Sc., Technical University of Munich, Germany,  Numerical Approaches for Modeling Gas-Solid Fluidized Bed Reactors: Comparison of the Models and Application to Different Technical Problems

Han Tong, Department of Material Science Engineering, Unit of process, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden,  Evaluation of Cheap Catalysts for Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Lignin with Aiming at of Bio-oil Production

Ioannis Papandreou, Institute of Combustion and Power Plant Technology – IFK Universität Stuttgart, Germany, Large Technical Scale Parametric Investigation of Co-firing of Hard Coal and Pre-dried Lignite under Part Load and Full Load Conditions in the Scope of Enhancing the Flexibility of Hard Coal Fired Power Stations

V. Kumar, Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada,  Simultaneous Extraction of Clean Coal and Rare Earth Elements from Coal Middlings Using Alkali-Acid Leaching Process

Vasudev P. Haribal, North Carolina State University, USA,  Chemical Looping Oxidative Dehydrogenation: A Greener route to Ethylene Production

Rikard Edland, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Chemical Interactions Between NOx and Soot in Oxygen-enriched Propane Flames

Cong Luo, State Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science, China, A Novel CeO2 Supported Ba0.3Sr0.7CoxFe1-xO3-δ Perovskites for Chemical-looping Steam Methane Reforming to Syngas and Hydrogen

Jinsu Kwan, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Development of PCHE Off-design Performance Model for Optimizing Power System Control Strategies in S-CO2Brayton Cycle

Dingshan Cao, State Key Laboratory of Coal Combustion, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Huazhong University of Science, China, A Novel CeO2Supported Ba0.3Sr0.7CoxFe1-xO3-δPerovskites for Chemical-looping Steam Methane Reforming to Syngas and Hydrogen

Dokyu Kim, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, Study of Magnetic Bearing Instability Issues in Supercritical CO2Turbomachinery

Min-min Zhou, The University of Utah, USA, Large Eddy Simulation of Dynamic Ash Deposition and Erosion in the Pulverized Coal Boiler

Piyush Verma, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, Washington University in St. Louis, USA, Impact of Flue Gas Recycle on Efficiency of Oxy-fuel Combustion Systems

Manuel Würth, M.Sc., Technical University of Munich, Germany, Development of a Continuous Fluidized Bed Reactor for Thermochemical Energy Storage Application

The 2017 recipients were:
The Best Student Paper Award In honor of Profs. Adel Sarofim and Janos Beer

To Seong Kuk Cho, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KOREA, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of A Review for Prediction of Supercritical CO2 Compressor Surge Line

The First Runner Up of the Best Student Paper Award In honor of Profs. Adel Sarofim and Janos Beer To Seong Jun Bae,, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, KOREA, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Development of KAIST-STA (System Transient Analysis) Code and Validation and Verification Results for Transient Analyses of Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle

 The Second Runner Up of the Best Student Paper Award, In honor of Profs. Adel Sarofim and Janos Beer To Johannes George van der Watt, University of North Dakota – Institute for Energy Studies, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Development of a Spouted Fluid Bed Reactor for Chemical Looping Combustion

Guidelines for Best Student Paper Award Participants

Students submit their abstracts to the Conference Committee. If their papers are accepted, they will prepare a manuscript and make a presentation at the conference in Clearwater. The award is based on the paper, the presentation, the quality of the work and who new insights are offered in the paper. If the paper is a collaboration with a professor or other students, the submitting student must indicate that part of the project is their work.

The student papers will be part of a comprehensive and informative program on clean coal on and fuel systems. Therefore, the Conference Committee has set high standards for student/speakers so that the conference will maintain its reputation as the premier vehicle for presenting the latest technological developments in improving and enhancing the utilization of coal by industrial and utility users. The Committee requires that the materials offered by student/speakers are presented in the most effective way; and these Guidelines have been prepared to assist student/speakers in preparing their formal papers and oral presentations. All technical papers will be included in the Proceedings. It is important the speakers adhere to the timetable that has been set in order that conference materials may be prepared and available when needed.

CRITERIA: Students will be judged on their manuscripts that will be included in the Proceedings; and on the actual presentations. To be eligible the student must submit the manuscript in a timely manner so that the paper is included in the Proceedings. And the student must register for the conference and make the presentation in the appropriate session at the conference. Students must be enrolled in a college or university or graduated within six months of the conference.


• Prior to January 31st – The Student Speaker Registration Fee of $395 must be received.

• April 16, 2017 – An original manuscript must be submitted via email to CTA. Email submissions are required. Files should be transmitted in .pdf format (using Adobe).


Proceedings will be distributed at the conference on June 11th. The following items should be considered as you prepare your manuscript:

Your paper — submitted electronically in .pdf format will be reproduced exactly as submitted.

Length of Paper – Your manuscript, including illustrations, may not exceed 12 single-spaced pages. If you elect to exceed the 12-page limitation, there is a $100/page charge. Manuscripts should be accompanied by payment covering the appropriate amount which is determined by multiplying pages 13 and above by $100. Illustrations are included in the 12-page allotment.

Manuscript Format – Your paper must be submitted to fit standard U.S. paper size (8½ x 11 inches). Allow at least a 1″ margin at the bottom of each page so that we may include the page number in the Proceedings.

Authors With More Than One Paper — The registration fee covers one technical paper; authors submitting more than one paper must include an additional $100 per paper.

There is a $20 per page charge for each page that must be edited. There is a $25 charge for resubmission of papers. Please proofread and obtain approvals before submission. Each time the paper is resubmitted it is subject to a $25 charge.

Email submission — If you are presenting more than one paper, each paper should be sent individually, and the title of the paper should be noted in your email. Eliminate page numbers, logos or any other extraneous material included on the manuscript page.

And try to eliminate use of unusual font types or those created specifically for you. We had numerous problems with papers being unprintable or readable because fonts could not be identified or read by the printer.

Major headings are to be indicated by ALL CAPS; Sub-headings are to be indicated by Initial Caps.

Title – Do not type a separate title page for your paper. Center and type the paper title along with the name(s), title(s), and affiliation of the author(s) at the top of the first page of the manuscript.

Pagination – DO NOT NUMBER YOUR PAGES; we will affix the page numbers in the Proceedings.

Proofreading – CTA will not edit or proofread your manuscript so be sure that you are comfortable with both the content and accuracy of the copy before you submit. Manuscripts are subject to approval of the Conference Committee.


• Your presentation is 20 minutes. You will be interrupted if you go over your allotted time. Session chairmen will be using timers and lights to maintain the session schedule. Your full paper will be published in the Proceedings of the conference; therefore, you should summarize the highlights for your oral presentation.

And please keep in mind that the official conference dress is casual, i.e., no jackets and no ties. This applies to speakers, session chairs and panel and tutorial chairs.

• Questions & Answers – Speakers should use some of their presentation time for questions. This is not mandatory, but we do ask that you allow a few minutes at the end of your paper for questions.

Try to anticipate questions that may be asked — and answer them in advance as part of your presentation; in other words, include in your oral presentation those points that would be of most interest to the immediate audience. When a question is asked, if the answer will be found in the published version of your paper, please indicate that so you can keep your on-the-spot answers as brief as possible. Some questions may be best answered after the session, on an individual basis.

• Prepare visuals for Power Point projection. Your materials should be submitted on a thumb drive or CD-Rom. Your materials will be accepted at the Registration AV Desk when you check in.

Avoid complicated visuals that require long reading time by the audience. Try to make your visuals attractive to view and easy to grasp. Remember that you are speaking in a large room with possibly hundreds of people. The person in the last row should be able to read your charts or graphs just as easily as some one in the front row. What might be acceptable to you as you sit at your desk, might not work as part of a presentation in a large room. Please be considerate of the attendees as you prepare your visual materials for presentation. Detailed illustrative material is not suitable for your oral presentation.


Each session room will be equipped with the following standard equipment:
• Lavaliere microphone
• Laptop computer
• Podium
• Screen
• LCD projector
• Light timers

Additional equipment may be ordered at the speaker’s expense (TV/VCR); or you may bring your own equipment with you.


Announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the luncheon on Thursday, June 15th. The winner doesn’t not need to be present at the ceremony, but it is hoped that the award can be made to the student in person. There are now cash prizes for the Winner and 1st and 2nd runners up of $500, $300 and $250, respectively.


All materials (registration forms, manuscripts, etc.) for – and questions about – the conference should be directed to:

Barbara Sakkestad at
Clearwater Clean Energy Conference
Post Office Box 1130
Louisa, VA 23093
Phone: 540-603-2022
Cell: 240-751-0900
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