Lars Öhrström

Lars Öhrström

Lars Öhrström is a Swedish chemist and chemical engineer who has also worked in France, Botswana, Switzerland, and the US.

Educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm he is currently professor of inorganic chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and head of the Chemical Engineering programme. He conducts research on Metal-Organic Frameworks and the use of network topology analysis in solid-state chemistry. He also nurtures an interest in the role of chemistry in history, art, literature and film and his popular science book The Last Alchemist in Paris (OUP, 2013) has been translated into several languages.

  • A photograph of Leif Tronstad with the Gunnerside team
    Opinion

    Leif Tronstad: the heavy water hero

    7 February 2018

    The chemist who ended Nazi attempts to make an atomic bomb

  • Vintage cellphone
    Podcast

    Tantalum pentoxide

    24 September 2014

    Lars Öhrström explains how tantalum(V)oxide banished ‘the brick’ and allows your mobile phone to fit in your pocket

  • coloured balls of wool
    Podcast

    Alum

    5 March 2014

    Lars Öhrström delves into the history of alum, a compound linked to some of Europe’s most infamous families

  • Glass jug and glass with milk
    Podcast

    Lactose

    5 February 2014

    Lactose intolerance leads to unpleasant and antisocial symptoms. Lars Öhrström finds out why

  • 1213CW-REVIEWS_30-second-element_300m
    Review

    30-second elements

    22 November 2013

    An element a day…

  • An image showing a tractor spraying crops
    Podcast

    Phosphoric Acid

    19 June 2013

    Lars Öhrström on phosphoric acid: Crucial for crops and DNA’s backbone, it’s the energy currency of the biological world

  • Ferrocene powder, an organometallic chemical synthesized in a laboratory
    Podcast

    Ferrocene

    2 May 2013

    Lars Öhrström gets his teeth into the first sandwich compound

  • Fresh rhubarb on a wooden table
    Podcast

    Oxalic acid

    25 April 2013

    Lars Öhrström finds a link between Napoleon III and rhubarb

  • Removing nail varnish with acetone
    Podcast

    Acetone

    5 December 2012

    Where munitions meet manicures

  • Dental syringe and carpules with dental anesthesia,
    Podcast

    Lidocaine

    26 October 2011

    Lars Öhrström reveals the history of the pain-relieving compound used in dentistry

  • Fertilizer in famer's hand
    Podcast

    Potassium nitrate

    16 March 2011

    Lars Öhrström explores the origins of biotechnology

  • Periodic table of the elements – 45 – Rhodium
    Podcast

    Rhodium

    12 November 2008

    An element whose rarity and reluctance to react make it oh so special

  • Periodic table of the elements – 90 – Thorium
    Podcast

    Thorium

    2 July 2008

    The element that once illuminated the world's cities