Mika Sipponen

Mika Sipponen

Assistant Professor

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Works at Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry
Telephone 08-16 12 58
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Room C430
Postal address Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Mika H. Sipponen, born in 1983, D.Sc. (Tech.), is Assistant Professor and leads the Sustainable Materials Chemistry (SUSMATCHEM) research group in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) at Stockholm University. He obtained his doctoral degree from Aalto University (Finland) in 2015, and worked as Research scientist at VTT in 2016.

During 2016–2019, he was an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher and served as a deputy board member in the Industrial Biotechnology Cluster Finland (IBC Finland). He has peer-reviewed for >40 scientific journals and served as an expert reviewer of EU proposals. In 2017, he received recognition as Outstanding Reviewer in 2017 of the journal Green Chemistry (RSC). In 2020, Dr. Sipponen was one of the two recipients of the Nouryon Nordic Prize in surface and colloid science in 2020. He is involved in Treesearch and Wallenberg Wood Science Centre (WWSC) networks.

Dr. Sipponen currently supervises two PhD Students and mentors one Postdoctoral Fellow. He is also Thesis Advisor of three PhD candidates at Aalto. He has worked on topics related to lignin and biomass processing since 2008. In addition to fundamental studies on structure and function of sustainable materials, Dr. Sipponen has carried his early exposure to industrially aligned research in the fields of microbiology, biomass processing, and applied chemistry to his current research programme focusing on the development of lignin‐based nano-enabled functional materials.


The group develops bio-based functional materials for sustainable energy and environmental applications. Many of our current activities focus on the conversion of lignin and other industrial sidestreams to value-added materials following the principles of green chemistry. We also carry out fundamental studies on the formation and structure, as well as chemical and biological functions of renewable nanomaterials.

Research Areas

We are working on the following research areas and projects:


Materials for a sustainable society

Materials for energy

C1Bio - Kolfixering genom grön kemi för en C1-baserad bioekonomi (Vinnova)

Materials for environment

COATLIG: Development of environmentally friendly lignin-based coatings (MMK)


Synthesis and processing methods  for  sustainable materials

Green material synthesis

LIGNOMEMB: Biocatalytic membranes based on lignin nanoparticles (Starting Grant, Vetenskapsrådet)

Biobased  material processing

FUNLIG: Development of lignin-based functional materials (MMK)


Research Group members

Mika Sipponen, PI

Adrian Moreno Guerra, postdoc (FUNLIG)

Jinrong Liu, PhD Student (COATLIG)

Mohammad Morsali, PhD Student (C1Bio)

Marzieh Choupani, MSc. thesis worker (Stockholm Exergi)


Selected recent publications

A. Moreno, M. H. Sipponen, Biocatalytic Nanoparticles for the Stabilization of Degassed Single Electron Transfer Living Radical Pickering Emulsion Polymerizations. Nature Communications 11, 2020: 5599.

A. Moreno, M. H. Sipponen, Lignin-based smart materials: a roadmap to processing and synthesis for current and future applications. Materials Horizons 7, 2020, 2237.

T. M. Budnyak, A. Slabon, A., M. H. Sipponen, Lignin‐inorganic interfaces: chemistry and applications from adsorbents to catalysts and energy storage materials. ChemSusChem 12, 2019, 2039-2054.

M. H. Sipponen, H. Lange, C. Crestini, A. Henn, M. Österberg. Lignin for Nano‐ and Microscaled Carrier Systems: Applications, Trends, and Challenges. ChemSusChem, 12 (10), 2019, 2039-2054.

M. H. Sipponen, M. Farooq, J. Koivisto, A. Pellis, J. Seitsonen, M. Österberg. Spatially confined lignin nanospheres for biocatalytic ester synthesis in aqueous media. Nature Communications 2018, 9 (1): 2300.

Last updated: January 29, 2021

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