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My research is focused on food applications of hemicelluloses, particularly mannans and xylans derived from wood and agricultural residues. I am interested in the formation and properties of biodegradable packaging materials from hemicelluloses, which could be potentially obtained at large quantities from modern biorefineries. The sustainability, biodegradability, and safety of mannans and xylans 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:

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, act as food science bachelor study advisor, have responsibility of the food processing technology master level practical work training as well as of the product development in the food sector study module, 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.

Publikationer 2004 2019

Environmentally-compatible alkyd paints stabilized by wood hemicelluloses

Mikkonen, K. S., Kirjoranta, S., Xu, C., Hemming, J., Pranovich, A., Bhattarai, M., Peltonen, L., Kilpeläinen, P., Maina, N., Tenkanen, M., Lehtonen, M. & Willför, S., 16 mar 2019, I : Industrial Crops and Products. 133, s. 212-220

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Functionality of spruce galactoglucomannans in oil-in-water emulsions

Bhattarai, M., Pitkänen, L. M., Kitunen, V., Korpinen, R., Ilvesniemi, H., Kilpeläinen, P. O., Lehtonen, M. I. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2019, I : Food Hydrocolloids. 86, s. 154-161

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Safety considerations of plant polysaccharides for food use: a case study on phenolic-rich softwood galactoglucomannan extract

Pitkänen, L. M., Heinonen, M. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2018, I : Food & Function. 9, s. 1931-1943 13 s.

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Phenolic residues in spruce galactoglucomannans improve stabilization of oil-in-water emulsions

Lehtonen, M., Merinen, M., Kilpeläinen, P. O., Xu, C., Willför, S. M. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2018, I : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 512, s. 536–547 12 s.

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Synchrotron microtomography reveals the fine three-dimensional porosity of composite polysaccharide aerogels

Ghafar, A., Parikka, K., Haberthür, D., Tenkanen, M., Mikkonen, K. S. & Suuronen, J-P., 2017, I : Materials. 10, 8, s. 871 20 s.

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Projekter 2004 2022

Aktiviteter 2004 2019

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