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Markus Sillanpää

Head of unit

Markus Sillanpää

PhD (analytical chemistry), University of Helsinki
MSc (analytical chemistry), University of Helsinki

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Laboratory Centre
Ecotoxicology and risk assessment (ELAB)

Postal address: Mustialankatu 3, 00790 Helsinki
Email: forename.lastname@syke.fi
Phone: +358 295 251639

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Current tasks

In addition to administrative tasks, my reseach focuses on the themes as follows:

  • Microplastic studies: µFTIR-analytics, environmental analytics, source assessment
  • Engineered nanoparticles: characterisation, environmental fate

I am currently supervising three PhD students.


I have worked at SYKE since 2009: first as a senior research scientist in the team of inorganic chemistry, then as a team leader of New technologies and experimental effect studies (2011-2013) and currently as a unit of head of Ecotoxicology and risk assessment (2014 - ). My thesis dealt with ”Chemical and source characterisation of size-segregated urban air particulate matter”.

Research projecs

  • Quantification and mitigation of microplastics released from households (Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry)
  • Optimization and harmonization of microspectroscopic methods for identification of microplastics in marine samples (Pohjoismaiden ministerineuvosto)
  • Microplastics in Finnish domestic waters (Vesihuoltolaitoksen kehittämisrahasto)
  • Microplastics from wastewater treatment plants to the environment (Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry)


I have co-authored over 130 scientific publications, of which about 50 papers come out in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Published 2019-12-16 at 14:14, updated 2020-12-09 at 13:38

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