Congratulations to Professor Honghi Tran, one of the winners of Pulp & Paper Canada’s inaugural Hall of Fame. As Professor emeritus and Director of the Pulp & Paper Centre at the University of Toronto, Professor Tran has contributed immensely to the pulp and paper industry in Canada.
Having worked originally in the glass industry in Japan, he was tasked with a project that involved solving an issue with a recovery boiler in a pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay. Without knowledge of the industry, his hard work prevailed and he was able to present at an international chemical recovery conference in Vancouver three years later. Continuing to work in the industry, Professor Tran graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
His research on energy and chemical recovery in kraft pulp mills has lead him to kraft pulp mills in Canada, the U.S. and even Brazil. Over the years, he has assisted in solving many operating issues related to the chemical recovery process, and along with his team, has led the way with innovative solutions for the pulp and paper industry. Professor Tran’s research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Industry Canada, the American Forest and Paper Association and the Department of Energy.