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Curriculum vitae

Curriculum Vitae

1.     Full name and date

2.     Current position

  • Associate Professor (1.10.2017 –), Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki.
  • also: Finnish Academy Research fellow (1.9.2016 –).
  • also: Group leader (“New particle formation – mass spectrometry”)

 3.     Education and degrees awarded

  • Docent, University of Helsinki, Physics, 30th Oct 2015.
  • PhD, University of Helsinki, Physics, 29th Oct 2010. Doctoral thesis: Insights into Atmospheric Nucleation, grade: ‘Laudatur’ (highest possible grade given to 2% of theses).
  • MSc, University of Helsinki, Physics, 24th Feb 2006. Master thesis: Two-photon photoelectric effect from nanometric silver aerosol particles, grade: ‘Eximia cum laude approbatur’ (second highest grade).

4.     Research funding as PI as well as leadership and supervision

  • Total external funding as PI: 4.1 Million EUR.
  • Academy of Finland 277 373 EUR “Ilmakehän klusterimuodostuksen suora havainnointi vaihtelevissa ymäristöissä konsistentilla ja liikkuvalla laitteistolla” 1.9.2017 – 31.8.2021.
  • European Research Council 1 950 000 EUR. “Molecular steps of gas to particle conversion:  From oxidation to precursors, clusters and secondary aerosol particles (GASPARCON)”, 1.2.2017 – 31.1.2022.
  • Academy of Finland 210 000 EUR: “Molecular steps of gas to particle conversion”  - research costs 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019.
  • Academy of Finland 434 485 EUR: “Molecular steps of gas to particle conversion” – Academy research fellowship, 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2021.
  • TEKES 700 000 EUR: Tutkimusideoista uutta tietoa ja liiketoimintaa: ”APCI teknologia CBRNE markkinalle / APCI technology to CBRNE market” 1.8.2014 - 31.7.2016.
  • TEKES 219 234 EUR: Tutkimusideoista uutta tietoa ja liiketoimintaa: ”APCI-teknologian kaupallistaminen / Commercialization of APCI-technology” 1.7.2012-31.12.2013.
  • Academy of Finland 286 887 EUR: “Nucleation of particles and ice in the atmosphere: from surface layer to upper troposphere” postdoctoral researcher position 1.9.2011-31.8.2014, 2011.
  • Kone-foundation, Finland 10200 EUR “Laboratory experiments on atmospheric aerosol particle formation and dynamics of newly formed clusters utilizing new measurement methods for molecular cluster detection.” 2009.
  • Otto Malm foundation, Finland 3000 EUR “Laboratory experiments on atmospheric aerosol particle formation pathways utilizing novel approaches to nanocluster detection.” 2008.
  • Few smaller travel grants, contributions and WP leaderships in other projects.

5.     Publication and citation record

  • Clarivate Analytics (earlier Thompson Reuters) Highly Cited Scientist 2018.
  • ca. 110 peer reviewed publications in international journals out of which Nature: 7, Science: 6
  • First author in one Science and one Nature publication.
  • Total number of citations: 6500, h-index: 40

 6.     Previous work experience in science

  • Assistant Professor 1.10.2015 –1.10.2017, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.
  • Post-doctoral researcher. 1.7.2011 – 31.9.2015, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. (also: Finnish Academy post-doctoral researcher, 1.9.2011-31.8.2014)
  • Laboratory Engineer 1.11.2010 – 31.6.2011, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki.
  • Researcher. 1.1.2009 – 6.7.2009, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung, Leipzig, Germany.
  • PhD student 1.3.2006 – 31.12.2008 and 7.7.2009 – 31.10.2010, Helsinki Institute of Physics.
  • Research assistant 6/2004 – 2/2006, 6/2003 – 8/2003, 6/2002 – 8/2002.       Dept. Physics, University of Helsinki.

 7.     Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence

  • I have lectured altogether 10 University courses at the Department of Physics and INAR, University of Helsinki:
    • 2016 & 2017 Laboratory works II (5 ECT, 32 hours)
    • 2016 Laboratory works I, intensive course (5 ECT, 32 hours)
    • 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 Aerosol physics I (5 ECT credits, 28 hours)
    • 2013 Transport Phenomena (5 ECT credits, 28 hours)
    • Numerous visiting lectures, assistant and supervision duties on different cources.

8.    Awards, prizes and honours

  • GaEF “Marian Smoluchowski Award for Aerosol Research” 2017.
  • Finnish Association for Aerosol Research “Award for excellent work in aerosol science” 2011.

 9Other academic merits

  • Associate Editor for ‘Atmospheric Measurement Techniques’.
  • Referee for following scientific journals: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Environment and Aerosol Science & Technology.
  • Participated to numerous field expeditions, including polar expeditions to Aboa, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica (2014 – 2015); Station Nord, Greenland (2015); Ny Ålesund, Svalbard (2017, 2018), Neumayer III, Antarctica (2018).

 10.  Impact on business

  • Invention disclosures left at University of Helsinki: 6
  • Granted Patents / live applications: 2/4
  • Spin-off and other companies co-found and board memberships:
    • Co-founder of Helsinki Aerosol Consulting Oy/Ltd (2008), Airmodus Oy/Ltd (2010), Karsa Oy/Ltd (2016), HSolutions Oy/Ltd (2016)     
    •   Board member of Helsinki Aerosol Consulting Oy/Ltd. (2008-2010), Airmodus Oy/Ltd. (2010 - 2016), Karsa Oy/Ltd (2016), HSolutions Oy/Ltd (2016-cont, chairman of the board of directors)

Education/Academic qualification

Fysiikka, Dosentti

Award Date: 30 Oct 2015

Physics, PhD

Award Date: 19 Oct 2010

Fields of Science

  • 114 Physical sciences

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


Production of extremely low volatile organic compounds from biogenic emissions: Measured yields and atmospheric implications

Jokinen, T., Berndt, T., Makkonen, R., Kerminen, V-M., Junninen, H., Paasonen, P., Stratmann, F., Herrmann, H., Guenther, A. B., Worsnop, D. R., Kulmala, M., Ehn, M. K. & Sipila, M., 9 Jun 2015, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112, 23, p. 7123-7128 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A large source of low-volatility secondary organic aerosol

Ehn, M., Thornton, J. A., Kleist, E., Sipila, M., Junninen, H., Pullinen, I., Springer, M., Rubach, F., Tillmann, R., Lee, B., Lopez-Hilfiker, F., Andres, S., Acir, I-H., Rissanen, M. P., Jokinen, T., Schobesberger, S., Kangasluoma, J., Kontkanen, J., Nieminen, T., Kurten, T. & 13 others, Nielsen, L. B., Jorgensen, S., Kjaergaard, H. G., Canagaratna, M., Dal Maso, M., Berndt, T., Petaja, T., Wahner, A., Kerminen, V-M., Kulmala, M., Worsnop, D. R., Wildt, J. & Mentel, T. F., 27 Feb 2014, In : Nature. 506, 7489, p. 476-+ 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Role of Sulfuric Acid in Atmospheric Nucleation

Sipilä, M., Berndt, T., Petaja, T., Brus, D., Vanhanen, J., Stratmann, F., Patokoski, J., Mauldin III, L., Hyvärinen, A-P., Lihavainen, H. & Kulmala, M., 2010, In : Science. 327, 5970, p. 1243-1246 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A new atmospherically relevant oxidant of sulphur dioxide

Mauldin III, R. L., Berndt, T., Sipilä, M. J., Paasonen, P., Petaja, T., Kim, S., Kurten, T., Stratmann, F., Kerminen, V-M. & Kulmala, M., 9 Aug 2012, In : Nature. 488, 7410, p. 193-196 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Rapid Autoxidation Forms Highly Oxidized RO2 Radicals in the Atmosphere

Jokinen, T., Sipilä, M., Richters, S., Kerminen, V-M., Paasonen, P., Stratmann, F., Worsnop, D., Kulmala, M., Ehn, M., Herrmann, H. & Berndt, T., 22 Dec 2014, In : Angewandte Chemie (International Edition). 53, 52, p. 14596-14600 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Molecular steps of gas to particle conversion

Sipilä, M.


Project: Research project

APCI teknologia CBRNE markkinalle

Sipilä, M.


Project: Research project

Center of Excellence in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Meteorology of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change (ATM)

Aalto, J., Aalto, P., Aaltonen, H., Altimir, N., Arneth, A., Asmi, A., Backman, J., Bister, M., Bonn, B., Boy, M., Bäck, J., Chandrasekar, V., Dal Maso, M., De Leeuw, G., Duursma, R., Ehn, M., Franchin, A., Gagne, S., Göke, S., Haapanala, S., Hari, P., Hartonen, K., Herrmann, E., Hienola, A., Hilasvuori, E., Hussein, T., Hyötyläinen, T., Hämeri, K., Hölttä, T., Julin, J. D., Junninen, H., Jussila, M., Juurola, E., Järvi, L., Kajos, M., Katul, G., Kerminen, V., Keronen, P., Kieloaho, A., Kolari, P., Korhonen, J., Kulmala, L., Kulmala, M., Kurten, T., Duplissy (née Kyrö), E., Laakso, L., Laitinen, T., Lappalainen, H. K., Launiainen, S., Lauri, K. A., Lauros, J., Lehtipalo, K., Levula, J., Liao, L., Linden, A., Loukonen, V., Makkonen, R., Mammarella, I., Manninen, H., McGrath, M., Merikanto, J., Moisseev, D., Mölgaard, B., Mäkelä, A., Määttänen, A. E., Napari, I. I., Nieminen, T., Nikinmaa, E., Nordbo, A., Olascoaga Gracia, B., Ortega Colomer, I., Paasonen, P., Parshintsev, J., Patokoski, J., Perämäki, M. K., Petäjä, T., Pihlatie, M., Pohja, T., Porcar-Castell, A., Pumpanen, J., Raivonen, M., Rannik, U., Rasilo, T., Reissell, A., Riekkola, M., Riikonen, A., Riipinen, I., Rinne, J., Riuttanen, L., Ruiz-Jimenez, J., Ruuskanen, T., Ruusuvuori, K., Räisänen, J., Savijärvi, H., Schiestl-Aalto, P., Schobesberger, S., Schultz, D., Sevanto, S., Sipilä, M., Sogacheva, L., Sorvari, S., Sundström, A., Suni, T., Taipale, R., Toivola, M., Tomasic, M., Vakkari, V., Vana, M., Vanhanen, J., Vehkamäki, H., Vesala, T., Virkkula, A. O., Worsnop, D., Vuollekoski, H., Väänänen, R., Yli-Juuti, T., Zilitinkevich, S., Asmi, E., Bogdan, A. & Prisle, N.

23/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

ATM: Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological processes to The Global Climate

Kulmala, M., Vesala, T., Petäjä, T., Vehkamäki, H., Hämeri, K., Boy, M., Riekkola, M., Worsnop, D., Bäck, J., Pumpanen, J., Mäkelä, A., Moisseev, D., De Leeuw, G., Zilitinkevich, S., Kerminen, V., Järvinen, H., Hartonen, K., Sipilä, M., Virtanen, A., Hakola, H., Pulliainen, J., Korhonen, H., Viisanen, Y., Öster, P., Laaksonen, A., Aalto, T., Romakkaniemi, S., Lihavainen, H. & Lintunen, A.


Project: Research project


Award ‘For Excellent Work in Aerosol Science’

Sipilä, Mikko (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prizes and awards


Finnish Antarctic Research Station ABOA

Mikko Sipilä (Visiting researcher)

21 Nov 20149 Feb 2015

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Villum Research Station

Mikko Sipilä (Visiting researcher)

7 Aug 201531 Aug 2015

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Neumayer III, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Mikko Sipilä (Visiting researcher)

Nov 2018Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard

Mikko Sipilä (Visiting researcher)

2018 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

NOSA-FAAR conference

Mikko Sipilä (Speaker: Presenter)

12 Mar 201513 Mar 2015

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

Press / Media

Huomenta Suomi

Mikko Sipilä


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Mikko Juhani Sipilä


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

YLE Tiedeykkönen: Terveisiä Etelämantereelta

Mikko Sipilä


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Helsingin Sanomat

Mikko Sipilä


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media