DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES OF BIO- BASED ECONOMY IN EUROPEHeli Kangas

Heli Kangas  Dr. Sc. ( Tech), Research Team Leader, Project Manager, Biomass Processing & Products

Dr. Heli Kangas is Technology Manager in the Research area of Biomass Processing and Products and a Project manager (certification level IPMA-C) at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She has background in forest products chemistry and more than 19 years of experience in the field. She has expertise in cellulose nanomaterials, especially in their characterization and properties as well as their environmental, health and safety (EHS) aspects. She acts as an expert in ISO TC229 (Nanotechnologies) JWG2 PWI - Characterisation of cellulose elementary fibril samples and is a substitute member in the “Safe application of nanotechnology” contact person network, coordinated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland. She is the Coordinator of H2020 SPIRE project NOVUM - Pilot line based on novel manufacturing technologies for cellulose-based electrical insulation components (2017-2021). She has 17 peer-reviewed publications and has published over 40 other papers and conference publications.