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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.


Current position:

Assistant Professor and Academy Research Fellow, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki (1.9.2017→)

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)


  • 416 Livsmedelsvetenskap

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.


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, I : Materials and design. 108728.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

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

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

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragÖversiktsartikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

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., maj 2020, I : Food Hydrocolloids. 102, 12 s., 105607.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

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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, I : Frontiers in Chemistry. 7, 18 s., 871.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

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, I : ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 7, 24, s. 19925-19934 19 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review



Opponent for doctoral thesis: Sophie Groult

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Handledare)
28 maj 2019

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

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

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (!!Speaker)
3 apr 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Verena Wiedenmann

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Värd)
1 aug 201814 dec 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU

University of Toronto

Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Besökande forskare)
10 sep 201828 sep 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

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

Francisco Villaplana (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Maija Tenkanen (Medlem i organisationskommitté)
21 mar 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium