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Organization profile

Organisation Profile

We characterize polysaccharides, especially those obtained as side streams from various bioprocesses, in food and food contact materials. We are interested in the behavior of polysaccharides in dispersed systems: their gelation and formulation into aerogels, emulsifying properties, and capacity to inhibit lipid oxidation.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.



Active food packaging through controlled in situ production and release of hexanal

Lehtonen, M., Kekäläinen, S., Nikkilä, I., Kilpeläinen, P., Tenkanen, M. & Mikkonen, K. S., 30 Mar 2020, In : Food chemistry. X. 5, 10 p., 100074.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Colloidal features of softwood galactoglucomannans-rich extract

Bhattarai, M., Sulaeva, I., Pitkänen, L., Kontro, I., Tenkanen, M., Potthast, A. & Mikkonen, K. S., 27 Apr 2020, In : Carbohydrate Polymers. 116368.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Comparison of novel fungal mycelia strains and sustainable growth substrates to produce humidity-resistant biocomposites

Tacer Caba, Z., Varis, J. J., Lankinen, P. & Mikkonen, K. S., 12 Apr 2020, In : Materials and design. 108728.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Spruce galactoglucomannan stabilized emulsions enhance bioaccessibility of bioactive compounds

Zhao, H., Mikkonen, K. S., Kilpelainen, P. & Lehtonen, M., 23 May 2020, In : Foods. 9, 5, p. 672-685 14 p., 2304-8158.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Strategies for structuring diverse emulsion systems by using wood lignocellulose-derived stabilizers

Mikkonen, K. S., 2020, In : Green Chemistry.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy, University of Copenhagen

Mamata Bhattarai (Visiting researcher)
18 Feb 202019 Feb 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Linz Winter School 2020

Felix Abik (Attendee)
28 Jan 202030 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Speaker: Active polysaccharide aerogels for extending the shelf-life of fresh plant products

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Speaker)
18 Feb 202020 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Invited Speaker: Thermal analytical methods in food sciences

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Speaker)
13 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Shahin Banasaz

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Host)
3 Feb 202031 Jul 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH


EIT FOODIO-Food Solutions Award

Mamata Bhattarai (Recipient), Pia C Silventoinen (Recipient), Mohammad Azizkhani (Recipient), Laura Toppinen (Recipient), Sharon Abderhalden (Recipient), Maite Iriondo (Recipient), Beatriz Fernandez (Recipient), Valeria Belokhvostov (Recipient), Lital Cohen (Recipient) & Michael Faivush (Recipient), 12 Dec 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

Mini interview for Debrecen Local TV (Hungary) during the 3rd Food Structure Design Congress

Zeynep Tacer Caba


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media