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 am currently part of an inter-disciplinary team working on development and production of a COVID-19 test. The test is currently in-use at various medical facilities in Norway.

Prior to the ongoing pandemic my work focused primarilyon cellulose nanomaterials, their fundamental properties and various applications.

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.