Background and activities

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the department of chemical engineering. I have an M.Sc. in bio-nanotechnology and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

I have two major roles at this time, research wise. I conduct work on biological nanomaterials, primarily cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs), and I am currently part of an inter-disciplinary team working on development and production of novel PCR reagents for a SARS-CoV-2 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus) test. The reagents are generally useful, and are currently used by the Norwegian government in the ongoing pandemic. 

My current research is funded by NTNU's dept. of chemical engineering, and the ongoing production of COVID- 19 tests is funded by FHI.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications



  • Ottesen, Vegar. (2018) Nanocellulose: Tomorrow’s packaging?. Technoport 2018 . Technoport; Trondheim. 2018-02-28 - 2018-03-01.
  • Ottesen, Vegar; Haugen, Randi Wenche; Brattebø, Helge. (2018) Hva kan erstatte plast?. NTNU Kveld [TV]. 2018-10-23.
  • Ottesen, Vegar. (2017) Nanocellulose: It's a Wrap!. TEDx Trondheim . TEDx Trondheim; Trondheim. 2017-10-22 - 2017-10-22.
  • Ottesen, Vegar. (2017) PhD Grand Prix 2017 - populærvitenskapelig foredrag på 5 minutter VInnerforedrag. PhD Grand Prix 2017 . Industrikomitteen; NTNU, Trondheim. 2017-03-02 - 2017-03-02.