Professor Lars Öhrström has been awarded the status of Emeritus Fellow in Division II. This 2023 appointment reflects his standing as a scientist and continuing service to the division and to the Union.

Lars Öhrström (1963) studied chemistry and chemical engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden 1983-1993, where he also was awarded his PhD. He then completed postdoctoral training at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, in Grenoble, France, prior to joining Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden in 1995.

At Chalmers he became full professor in 2011 and served as head of the undergraduate program in chemical engineering 2013-2023. Currently (2024) he is director of graduate studies in chemistry. His major research activities are in Organometallic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry and Reticular Chemistry, with research focusing on metal-organic frameworks.

He has acted as organizer of several international symposia and workshops, several of these in Africa, and was also the co-chair of Nobel Symposium 193 on metal-organic frameworks. He was vice president of the Swedish Chemical Society 2013-2017 and co-founder and first chair of the Swedish Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry 2011.

He is a visiting scholar (2017-) at the Berkeley Global Science Institute at the University of California – Berkeley, USA and was appointed visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan, in 2010 and 2015.

He co-authored Molecule Based Materials – The Structural Network Approach (Elsevier) in 2005, Metal-Organic Frameworks (ACS) in 2021 and is also a prolific popular science writer with his most popular book The Last Alchemist in Paris (OUP) translated into five languages. He received the Gunnar Starck medal from the Swedish Chemical Society in 2018.

His IUPAC activities started in 2008 and the most important activities are tabulated below:
IUPAC Inorganic Division: (2008-2023; vice-president 2014-2017; president 2018-2021)
Bureau Member, (201
Chair of the
project Coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks: terminology and nomenclature guidelines (2009-2013)
Chair of the project Terminology guidelines and database issues for topology representations in coordination networks, metal-organic frameworks and other crystalline materials (2014)
Co-chair Terminology and Nomenclature of Inorganic and Coordination Polymers (2011-)
Member of the project Basic Terminology of Crystal Engineering
Member of the project International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT) in 2019: planning, coordination and implementation
Member of the project IUPAC100 Periodic Table Challenge
Member of the project Creation of IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast Series and a Global Network in Support of Eliminating the Gender Gap in the Chemical Sciences
Member of the project The constitution of group 3 of the periodic table
Member of the project Standardized reporting of gas adsorption isotherms

Notable IUPAC publications are:

Terminology of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Coordination Polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2013), Stuart Batten, Neil Champness, Xiao-Ming Cheng, Javier Garcia-Martinez,  Susumu Kitagawa, Lars Öhrström, Michael O’Keeffe, Myunghyun Paik Suh, Jan Reedijk, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 85, 1715-1724, 2013 (doi:10.1351/PAC-REC-12-11-20)

Names and Symbols of the Elements with Atomic Numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118, L. Öhrström, J. Reedijk, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 88, 1225–1229, 2016 (doi:10.1515/pac-2016-0501)

Elements of X, a special IYPT2019 issue of Chemistry International, Vol 41, Issue 4, October 2019 (L. Öhrström, issue editor)


Between 2011 and 2023 he served as a member of the Swedish delegation to IUPAC (head of delegation 2017-2023).

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