Ryan Gilliam, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Dr. Ryan Gilliam is a Venture Partner at 1955 Capital where he is focused on energy, sustainability, waste upcycling, materials innovations, and emerging technologies.

As a serial entrepreneur in the sustainability field, Ryan has developed electrochemical, catalysis, and chemical technologies for the beneficial reuse of carbon emissions, industrial waste reutilization, and production of building materials and chemicals.

In addition to serving as a Venture Partner at 1955 Capital, Ryan is the CEO of Calera Corporation, a company founded on the beneficial reuse of CO2 to produce a range of building material products that both directly capture and offset CO2 emissions. Under Ryan’s vision and direction, Calera developed a second core technology, marketed as ‘Chemetry’, an industrial chemicals platform redefining how commodity chemicals are made. Within these two industrial areas, Ryan successfully drove the industrial scale-up of multiple technologies, a business development program resulting in strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 chemicals and engineering companies, commercialization efforts which led to an active presence in China and Southeast Asian markets, the development of a smart parts platform and set of enabling strategic supply agreements, and the building of teams consisting of world-class technical and business talent.

Ryan obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Materials Science and Engineering. On his work in catalysis and electrochemistry, Ryan has 10+ peer reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences. He is an inventor on 60+ patents in the energy, sustainability, products and materials spaces.

Ryan is an avid traveler having been to over 40 countries. Through his travels, Ryan has developed a passion for scuba diving and continues that passion at home through maintaining a large reef tank. Ryan also enjoys photography, playing guitar, anything sports, and spending time with his wife and two kids.