Ola F. Wendt received his under-graduate degree at Lund University in 1992 doing his diploma work with Ulf Berg on inclusion compounds with cyclodextrins.
For his graduate degree he worked with Lars Ivar Elding at Lund University on studies on mechanisms of substitution processes in platinum(II) and palladium(II), both in classical coordination and organometallic compounds. This led to a PhD in inorganic chemistry in 1997.
He then moved to Caltech in Pasadena to do postdoctoral work with John Bercaw on organozirconium chemistry related to olefin polymerisation.
He was appointed assistant professor at Lund University in 2000 on a Swedish Research Council grant. He became "Docent" in 2003 and since October 2007 he holds a Special Research position in Green Chemistry sponsored by the Swedish Research Council.
In February 2010 he became a full professor.