Dr. Heli Kangas currently holds a position of Technology Manager in the research area of Biomass processing and Products at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Her background is in forest products chemistry with 20 years of experience in the field. She is passionate about innovating and developing novel applications for bio-based materials, beyond the conventional.
In her current role at VTT, she is responsible for the research area’s technology platform, IPR management and infrastructure development. Her technology portfolio includes VTT technologies in the fields of biomass fractionation and treatment, biomass side-stream (e.g. lignin, bark) valorisation, cellulose nanomaterial manufacturing and products and additive manufacturing (3D printing) of bio-based materials. In addition to this role, she is also involved in project management and coordination and currently coordinates EU H2020 SPIRE project NOVUM (Pilot line based on novel manufacturing technologies for cellulose-based electrical insulation components, 2017-2022), which focuses on additive manufacturing of cellulose-based components for electrical insulation, marine and automotive industries.