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TAPPI announces cash prize for research paper award

September 4, 2020  By P&PC Staff

TAPPI has announced the endowment of the Honghi Tran TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Prize.

A $2,000 cash prize will be presented annually to the winner of the TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Award.

For more than 17 years, the TAPPI Journal (TJ) editorial board has honoured the best of TJ content by nominating and voting for the TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Award, which is determined by the scientific merit, innovation, creativity and clarity of a nominated paper.


Honghi Tran, Ph.D. has published more than 80 papers in TJ. He received the 2019 Best Research Paper Award for “The solubility of calcium carbonate in green liquor handling systems,” which he co-authored with his University of Toronto colleagues Alisha Gigli and Vladimiros Papangelakis.

A TAPPI member since 1980, Tran received TAPPI’s highest honour, the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal, in 2017. He is a TAPPI Fellow, PAPTAC Fellow and a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow.

Tran is a professor emeritus for the University of Toronto and was the director of the university’s Pulp and Paper Centre. He is also editor of the recently published Kraft Recovery Boilers, Third Edition and serves as the lead instructor of the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course.

“As an active contributor to TJ, I always want to see it flourish,” said Tran. “TJ is not only important for the researchers, but is also vital for the technological advancement of the pulp and paper industry. My hope is that the addition of the prize will encourage more researchers and technical personnel working for the industry to submit their research to TJ.”

Prospective authors from academic and research institutions, as well as speakers who present scientific papers at TAPPI conferences, are encouraged to submit their research for peer review and consideration for publication.

Submit an abstract at tappi.org/tjsubmit. The first Honghi Tran TAPPI Journal Best Paper Prize will be presented at TAPPICon, April 25-28, 2021 in Atlanta. Dr. Tran plans to make the presentation himself.

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