Dr Mikko Vepsalainen

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Dr. Mikko Vepsalainen completed his M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry at the Jyväskylä University in Finland. He worked in industry as a Project Manager and Team Leader for several years before continuing his studies in Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. While studying in the University he also worked in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as Research Scientist and later as Senior Research Scientist.

After the completion of the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree, Dr. Vepsalainen joined CSIRO as OCE Postdoctoral Fellow to work on electrochemical sensors and their applications in mineral processing. The work has gained wide interest in the industry and enabled him to secure a Research Scientists position in CSIRO. Dr Vepsalainen is currently working on solid-state sensors and printed sensors suitable for continuous online monitoring of mineral processing and environment.

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist / Project Manager
    • Solid-state electrochemical sensor materials and printed electrochemical sensors

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    D.Sc. in Environmental Technology
    Lappeenranta University of Technology

  • 2005

    M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry
    Jyväskylä University

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2015

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2011-2012

    Senior Scientist
    Technical Research Centre of Finland

  • 2009-2011

    Research Scientist
    Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT

  • 2007-2009

    R&D Manager
    Savcor Forest Oy

  • 2006-2007

    R&D Project Manager
    Savcor Forest Oy

  • 2004-2006

    Development Engineer
    Savcor Forest Oy

  • 2001-2002

    Laboratory Worker
    Metsä Fibre Oy

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2021

    Julius Career Award

  • 2015-2015

    Mineral Resources Flagship Young Scientist of the Year 2015

  • 2015-2015

    Mineral Resources Flagship Collaboration Excellence 2015

Other highlights

  • 2015-2015

    Part of the Sensei team in CSIRO AcceleratiON program

  • 2014-2014

    Patent: Metal oxide pH sensor, AU2014903484

  • 2011-2011

    Patent: Method and Apparatus for Cleaning Water Electrochemically, WO2011089311

  • 2007-2007

    Patent: Method for use in the wet end of paper machine, cardboard machine or an equivalent web forming machine, WO2007051894


  • 2018-2021

    Julius Career Award

  • 2018-2021

    Research+ postgraduate student project funding

  • 2016-2017

    CSIRO IncubatiON funding to build a prototype of the Sensei system

  • 2015-2016

    CSIRO AcceleratiON to investigate commercial potential of the Sensei technology

  • 2012-2015

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship funding

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