Ryan Pearson received a B.S. in chemistry at Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Colorado State University. During his first part of his graduate studies he worked on the computational design and synthesis of strongly reducing photocatalysts for macromolecular and small molecule synthesis. In the last two years of his Ph.D. he focused on the creation of a paintable, do-it-yourself, heat-reflective window retrofit, a project funded by the Department of Energy Advanced Research Project Agency. The success of this product was estimated by experts in the ETA at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to potentially reduce up to 24 billion kg of CO2 emissions annually, similar to removing 5 million cars from our roads. Ryan presented on the progress of this project in a TEDx talk in 2018. The following year, Ryan co-founded Cypris Materials, Inc. to bring this platform technology to market. He is now incubated in the Cyclotron Road program in Berkeley, California.
Cypris Materials, Inc. was founded to reinvent color. The company’s vision is to bring structural color to the market as a sustainable solution to global energy inefficiencies, an alternative to toxic dyes and pigment, as well as a new paradigm for controlling the flow of light. Ryan leads the technical business development effort to take Cypris’ coating technology to market while continuing to establish the core intellectual property.