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Description of research and teaching


My research is focused on valorization of biomass streams, particularly hemicelluloses derived from wood and agricultural residues as well as fungal biomass. I am interested in functionality of biopolymers at multiphase systems and interfaces. The sustainability, biodegradability, and safety of hemicelluloses for food contact make them a highly interesting future alternative for petroleum-derived plastics. Other possible applications for hemicelluloses include, e.g., emulsions for food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.

My Research Group Food Materials Science



Courses taught:

ETK-111 (Basics of Food Technology; 2 cr). Yearly from 2018 on.

ET410 (Conventional food processing technologies; 5 cr) Academic year 2016-17.

ET215 (Elintarvikesuunnittelu ja -prosessointi; 10 cr). Academic year 2016-17.

ETK210 (Elintarvikkeiden fysikaalinen kemia; 5 cr). Academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

ETT210 (Pakkausteknologia 1; 5 cr), a lecture course on packaging technology for bachelor students in food science. Academic year 2012-13.

ETT410 (Pakkausteknologia 2; 6 cr), advanced course on food packaging technology with both lectures and laboratory work. Academic year 2012-13.

YKEM111 (Laboratory course on physical chemistry, 3 cr), assistant teacher. Years 2007, 2010, and 2011.

Currently, I teach food technology and have responsibility of the food technology module for master studies, and supervise doctoral, master, and bachelor theses on related topics.

Curriculum vitae

Current position:

Asssociate Professor (1.9.2020→) and Academy Research Fellow (1.9.2017→), Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki

Degrees awarded:

Docent (Adjunct Professor), Food Materials Science, University of Helsinki (2013)

PhD, Food Technology, University of Helsinki (2009)

MSc, Food Technology, University of Helsinki  (2004)

Other education:

University Pedagogy I (1+2); 10 cr (2011)

University Pedagogy 3; 5 cr, and 4; 5 cr (2013)

Leadership Program for Academic Staff (2015)

Fields of Science

  • 416 Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Hydrocolloids
  • Emulsions
  • Aerogels
  • Packaging
  • Polysaccharides
  • Fungal mycelia

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


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., Jul 2020, In : Materials and design. 192, 9 p., 108728.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

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

Mikkonen, K. S., 21 Feb 2020, In : Green Chemistry. 22, 4, p. 1019-1037 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Time-dependent self-association of spruce galactoglucomannans depends on pH and mechanical shearing

Bhattarai, M., Valoppi, F., Hirvonen, S-P., Hietala, S., Kilpelainen, P., Aseyev, V. & Mikkonen, K. S., May 2020, In : Food Hydrocolloids. 102, 12 p., 105607.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Lignin-Rich PHWE Hemicellulose Extracts Responsible for Extended Emulsion Stabilization

Lahtinen, M., Valoppi, F., Juntti, V., Heikkinen, S., Kilpeläinen, P., Maina, N. & Mikkonen, K. S., 17 Dec 2019, In : Frontiers in Chemistry. 7, 18 p., 871.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Rapid and Direct Preparation of Lignin Nanoparticles from Alkaline Pulping Liquor by Mild Ultrasonication

Agustin, M., Penttilä, P., Lahtinen, M. & Mikkonen, K. S., 16 Dec 2019, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 7, 24, p. 19925-19934 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review



Opponent for doctoral thesis: Sophie Groult

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Supervisor)

28 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Speaker: Sensory profile of spruce galactoglucomannans and birch glucuronoxylans in food

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Speaker)

3 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Verena Wiedenmann

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Host)

1 Aug 201814 Dec 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

University of Toronto

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Visiting researcher)

10 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Symposium on Plant Heteropolysaccharides: Interactions within Lignocellulosics, New Modifications & Future Applications

Francisco Villaplana (Member of organizing committee), , Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Member of organizing committee), & Maija Tenkanen (Member of organizing committee)

21 Mar 2018

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