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 primarily work on biological nanomaterials, primarily cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs), and I spent 2020 as a 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. They are also used in Denmark and India (among other places).

My current research is funded by NTNU's dept. of chemical engineering, and the development and 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.