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Jussi Sipilä

Assistant Professor (Docent)

  • PL 55 (A. I. Virtasen aukio 1)

    00014

    Finland

1988 …2021

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Curriculum vitae

Curriculum Vitae

 

Name:             Antti Jussi Sipilä

 

Present Position:

Adjunc professor (Docent) , University Researcher

University of Helsinki,

            Department of Chemistry

            P.O. Box 55

            SF-00014 University of Helsinki

            Finland

            Phone: + 3580294150380

            e-Mail: jussi.sipila@helsinki.fi

 

Academic Qualifications:

• Principal investigator at University of Helsinki

            • 1982 - Master of Science (University of Helsinki)

            • 1993 - Doctor of Philosophy (University of Helsinki)

            • 2001 - Docent in Organic Chemistry (University of Helsinki, wood chemistry)

 

Previous Experience:

            •1983 - 1987 acting teaching assistant at the Organic Chemistry Lab. at UH Chem. Department

            • 1987 - 1998 teaching assistant at the Organic Chemistry Lab. at UH Chem. Department

            • 1998 - 2003 Post Doc researcher at UH: external funding, with personal scientific responsibility

            • 1983 - 2016 contrib. to teaching of practical synthetic organic chemistry (around 350h annually)

            • 2012 - 2016 ecturing of basic and advanced organic chemistry (around 12 ETCS annually)

 

 

Teaching Responsibilities:

                        • lecturing wood chemistry (“Organic chemistry in chemical pulping”)

                        • supervision of BSc and MSc (tot. approx. 50) and PhD students (5)

                        • 2 MSc and 3 PhD and 1 Post Doc at the moment

 

Research Interests:

            • lignin biosynthesis, plant cell wall formation

            • biomimetic and enzymatic oxidation of phenols and lignocellulose

            • lignin valorization in biorefineries

            • the reactivity of lignin during pulping and bleaching

            • synthesis and application of oligomeric lignin model compounds

            • chemistry of p-quinone methides and quinones

            • NMR structural determination of lignins and lignin-carbohydrate complexes (LCC)

            • LC-MS in analysis of lignocellulosic materials

            • synthesis of transition metal complexes

 

Publications and Patents:

            • Approx. 65 Peer reviewed articles and 70 extended congress publications (TUHAT res. portal)

            • 2 patents

 

Joint Research Projects under Scientific Responsibility:

            Starting from 1990, approx. 15 projects under scientific responsibility. Latest:

• Finnish academy: Dissecting aromatic metabolism in lignin degrading basidiomycete fungi “AROMAFUNG” (2016-2020). Consiortium with dos. Kristiina Hilden, Dept. of Food and Environmenrtal Science, Viikki.

• EU Horizon 2020: Fuel and Chemicals from lignin trough enzymetic and chemical conversion “FALCON”

 720918: H2020-NMBP-BIO-2016 (2017-2020)

• Novo Nordisk foundation 3year grant: Production of high quality lignin from plant biomass by enzymatic catalysis “LigniCat”. Joint project coordinated by dos. Kristiina Hilden, Dept. of Food and Environmenrtal Science, Viikki. (2016-2019).

• EU, contract NMP2-CT-2006-026456; White Biotechnology for added value products from renewable plant polymers: design of tailor-made biocatalysts and new industrial bioprocesses (BIORENEW), 2006-2010: Synthesis design and reactivity studies of lignin model compounds.

• The Academy of Finland, contract 124160, 2008-2012: Modeling of xenobiotic degradation by basidiomycete laccases.  Subproject: Experiments on lignin model compounds.

• Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation –project:Lignin Valorisation (LigniVal), 2008-2011: Subproject: Synthetic modification of isolated lignins.

• The Academy of Finland, contract 1133022  (2008-2012). Oxidoreductases and natural type mediators in fungal conversion of lignocellulose and lignin(LUOMUKAT).

• EU Wood-Wisdom ERA-net project, High-Value Products from Lignin Side-Streams of Modern Biorefineries (ProLignin), 2011-2014, Subproject in co-operation with North-Carolina State University (FidiPro emer. prof. Dimitris Argyropoulos).

 

PhD supervision:

1998-2005 in a theme: “Transition metal complex catalysed oxidation of phenolic compounds”. Thesis defended in June 2005.

2003-2013 in a graduate school Paper and Pulp Technology (PapSat). A joint research project with VTT Biotechnology (Dr. Anna Suurnäkki, Dr. Kristiina Kruus): “Reactivity and Reactions of Lignin Model Compounds with Oxidative Enzymes”. Thesis defended in June 2013.

• 2003 in a theme: “Catalytic oxidation of lignocellulosic materials-a study with lignin model compounds”. Moved to North Carolina State University and fulfilled degree there.

2009-2014 in a theme: "Palladium- and Copper-Catalyzed Reactions of Unsaturated Amines on Solid Support". Thesis defended in June 2014.

2008- in a theme: “Natural Mediators in Lignin Biodegradation, under processing

2009- in a theme: “Fatty Acid Esterification of Softwood Kraft Lignin for lignin valorization in biorefineries”.

 

Pro-Gradu supervision:

Supervision of BSc and MSc (tot. approx. 50). Latest:

•2015 Paloma Garcia 40 op. “Convenient preparation of a b-O-4 type lignin model trimer”

•2015 Jussi Kontro: “Naturally acylated structures in native lignins”

•2015: Ulisse Montanari “Synthesis of lignin star model compounds and their dehydrogenation polymer 

 

 

Erasmus-Students:

• 2016 Aurelie la Berre

• 2015 Markus Leicher 20 op. “Enzymatic oxidation of 3,5,dihydroxytoluene”

• 2014 Phillip Hoffman 10 op.: “Synthesis of tetramerin benzyl-ether LMC”

 

 

Acting as opponent:

• 2008, KTH Stockholm, Sweden. Anders Holmgren ”Biochemical Control Aspect in Lignin Polymerization”

• 2013, KTH Stockholm, Sweden. Xueyu Du “Deepening the insights of lignin structure and modification-Lignin carbohydrate complex (LCC) fractionation and lignin amination.

           

Acting as a rewiever:

Various journals from Springer and ACS etc. , approx.. 3-5 in a year since 2004.

Member ofAdvisory board in Holzforschung, International Journal in Biorefining

• Rewiever for master and doctoral thesis

 

Other activities:

• Member of leading group of UH Department of chemistry (2004-2010)

• Member of the faculty counsil (2010-  )

• Deputy member of the UH collegium (2010- )

• Member of the PhD Council in Chemistry of Milan-Bicocca University 2011-.

• YTHS Lokakuu 2013 ”Turvallinen työskentely oppilaslaboratoriossa” Jussi Sipilä, Leena Kaisalo ja Jarkko Ihanus, Helsingin yliopisto, Kemian laitos 

• Kemiauutiset  03/2010:  Chemistry of Lignocellulosics: synthesis to biotechnology

 

Acting as an opponent:

• 2008, KTH Stockholm, Sweden. ”Biochemical Control Aspect in Lignin Polymerization”

• 2013, KTH Stockholm, Sweden.”Deepening the insights of lignin structure: Lignin-carbohydrate complex (LCC) fractionation and characterization and Kraft lignin amination

           

Acting as a reviewer:

Various journals from Springer, Elsevier, RCS and ACS etc., approx. 3-5 in a year.

Member ofAdvisory board in Holzforschung, International Journal in Biorefining

• Reviewer for Master and Doctoral thesis

 

Created teaching material:

• Printed lecture material for basic organic chemistry (Finnish, 130 pages + exercises), advanced organic chemical reaction mechanisms (English, 100 pages + exercises), Wood Chemistry (English, 100 pages) and Safety in Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Finnish, 50 pages): http://reagenssi.kemia.helsinki.fi/nettilabra/turvallinen_laboratorio/index.html

 

Other activities:

Teaching basic organic chemistry at Helsinki University/Open University/ Avoin Yliopisto and Lignin Chemistry at Aalto University

• Member of department council of UH Department of Chemistry (2004-2010)

• Member of the faculty council (2010-  )

• Deputy member of the UH collegium (2010- )

•Member of the PhD Counsil in Chemistry: University of Milano-Bicocca

• Studies on classical solo singing and opera 1976-1984: Conservatory of Helsinki and Sibelius Academy

 

Ongoin applications 2016

The academy of Finland in collaboration with Viikki Biocenter, dos. Hilden

EU-application on biofuels, co-ordinated by prof. de Viers, Neatherlands

Submitted Publications

In collaboration with prof. Georg Gübits, BOKU, Austria 

Fields of Science

  • 116 Chemical sciences

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

Publications

Fungal Treatment Modifies Kraft Lignin for Lignin- and Cellulose-Based Carbon Fiber Precursors

Mikkila, J., Trogen, M., Koivu, K. A. Y., Kontro, J., Kuuskeri, J., Maltari, R., Dekere, Z., Kemell, M., Makela, M. R., Nousiainen, P. A., Hummel, M., Sipila, J. & Hilden, K., 24 Mar 2020, In : ACS Omega. 5, 11, p. 6130-6140 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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On the Effect of Hot-Water Pretreatment in Sulfur-Free Pulping of Aspen and Wheat Straw

Hyväkkö, U., Maltari, R., Kakko, T., Kontro, J., Mikkilä, J., Kilpeläinen, P., Enqvist, E., Tikka, P., Hilden, K., Nousiainen, P. & Sipilä, J., 14 Jan 2020, In : ACS Omega. 5, 1, p. 265-273 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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On the role of hot water extraction as a pretreatment method in search for soft pulping methods for modern biorefineries

Sipilä, J., Hyväkkö, U., Maltari, R., Kakko, T-A., Kontro, J., Mikkilä, J. A., Kilpeläinen, P., Enqvist, E., Tikka, P., Hilden, K. & Nousiainen, P. A., 31 Mar 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Conference materialsAbstract

Projects

Prizes

Yliopiston 30v. mitali

Jussi Sipilä (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Lignin-Based elastomeric composites for sustainable tire technology

Jussi Sipilä (Pre-examiner)
20 Feb 2017

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Holzforschung : international journal of the biology, chemistry, physics and technology of wood (Journal)

Jussi Sipilä (Reviewer)
28 Aug 201711 Sep 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Holzforschung : international journal of the biology, chemistry, physics and technology of wood (Journal)

Jussi Sipilä (Reviewer)
14 Jun 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

de Gruyter (Publisher)

Jussi Sipilä (Reviewer)
15 Mar 201630 Mar 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (Journal)

Jussi Sipilä (Reviewer)
5 Mar 201620 Mar 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Chemistry of Lignocellulosiscs: synthesis to biotechnology

Jussi Sipilä

01/01/2010

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media