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.  Attached are Guidelines for participation this year Guidelines for Student Papers 2020

The 2019 Winners of The Best Student Paper Award, In honor of Prof. Adel Sarofim and Prof. Janos Beer

The Winner: Joshua Malzahn, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah, USA, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Production of Mesophase Pitch from Coal for Carbon Fiber Production

1st Runner-UpShalini Kandasamy,Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, AUSTRALIA, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Energy Efficient Synthesis of Methanol from Biodiesel Waste Glycerol: Introducing a New Sustainable Reaction Process

2nd Runner-Up: Adelaide Nolan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, USA, Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of Computation Accelerated Design of Advanced Materials for Novel Energy Applications


The award winners at the 2018 Clearwater Clean Energy Conference are:

The BestStudent PaperAward

In honor of Profs. Adel Sarofim and Janos Beer 

Vinoth Kumar, Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), CANADA

Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of

Simultaneous Extraction of Clean Coal and Rare Earth Elements from Coal Middlings Using Alkali-Acid Leaching Process

The First Runner Up:

Peter Ostermeier, Institute for Energy Systems, Technical University of Munich, Germany, GERMANY

Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of

 Numerical Approaches for Modeling Gas-Solid Fluidized Bed Reactors: Comparison of the Models and Application to Different Technical Problems

The Second Runner Up:

To Vasudev Pralhad Haribal, and Luke Neal, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina University, USA

Due to the high quality of the work in the manuscript and the superior presentation of

 Chemical Looping Oxidative Dehydrogenation:  A Greener Route to Ethylene Production

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 February 10th – The Student Speaker Registration Fee of $425 must be received.

• April 16, 2020 – 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 7th. 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: 240-751-0900
or on our website: