Kirsi S. Mikkonen

Person

    Research areas

  • 416 Food Science - Food Technology, Packaging, Polysaccharides, Biodegradable Films, Emulsions, Aerogels

Description of research and teaching

Research

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

 

Teaching

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.

 

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Curriculum Vitae

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)

Highlighted publications

  1. 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, In : Food Hydrocolloids. 86, p. 154-161

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. 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, In : Food & Function. 9, p. 1931-1943 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. 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, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 512, p. 536–547 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. 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, In : Materials. 10, 8, p. 871 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Mesoporous guar galactomannan based biocomposite aerogels through enzymatic crosslinking

    Ghafar, A., Gurikov, P., Subrahmanyam, R., Parikka, K. M., Tenkanen, T. M., Smirnova, I. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2017, In : Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. 94, p. 93-103

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  6. Determination of physical emulsion stabilization mechanisms of wood hemicelluloses via rheological and interfacial characterization

    Mikkonen, K. S., Merger, D., Kilpeläinen, P., Murtomäki, L., Schmidt, U. S. & Wilhelm, M., 2016, In : Soft Matter. 12, 42, p. 8690-8700 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Softwood-based sponge gels

    Alakalhunmaa, S., Parikka, K., Penttilä, P., Cuberes, M. T., Willför, S., Salmén, L. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2016, In : Cellulose. 23, 5, p. 3221-3238 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Machine-coated starch-based dispersion coatings prevent mineral oil migration from paperboard

    Koivula, H. M., Jalkanen, L., Saukkonen, E., Ovaska, S-S., Lahti, J., Christophliemk, H. & Mikkonen, K. S., 2016, In : Progress in Organic Coatings. 99, p. 173-181 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Verena Wiedenmann

    Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Host)
    1 Aug 201814 Dec 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  2. University of Toronto

    Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Visiting researcher)
    10 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

  3. 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

  4. Speaker: Safety considerations of softwood galactoglucomannans in food use

    Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Speaker)
    21 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  5. Invited speaker: 6th Avancell Conference

    Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Speaker: Keynote)
    18 Oct 201619 Oct 2016

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

  6. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    Kirsi S. Mikkonen (Visiting researcher)
    1 Oct 201530 Nov 2015

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

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Highlighted projects

  1. WOODLIPS: Novel wood-derived emulsifiers for superior lipid stabilization (Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation)

    Lehtonen, M., Lahtinen, M. & Mikkonen, K. S.

    Jane ja Aatos Erkon säätiö

    01/01/201631/12/2018

    Project: Research project_Research

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