Jerred Chute, Ph.D.
Dr. Chute is a materials scientist gifted with intense curiosity beyond his professional specialty. His broad range of interests gives him deep and unusual insights into connections for product applications. His work on solar materials while employed at Hunt Perovskite Technologies has produced 21 granted US patents with more still pending.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Texas in 2006. There he was accepted into Dr. C. Grant Willson’s research group. He specialized in polymers while working on photolithographic and imprint lithography chemistry.
He studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and under the tutelage of Dr. Craig J. Hawker, head of the university’s Materials Research Laboratory, where he focused on polymer interfaces, their fundamentals, and how to manipulate the structures to create novel materials. Much of his work was integral with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which funded his Materials Chemistry Ph.D. work on dendrimers through one of many collaborative government/academic platforms, in this case the Institute for Multiscale Materials Studies (IMMS). His Ph.D. was separated into two phases: synthetic chemistry, and computational modeling. Much of his work was ingrained with LANL projects regarding design and synthesis of dendrimers, their specifics and their architectures at materials interfaces through Langevin Dynamics coarse-grained molecular modeling.
He received a post-doctoral appointment in 2012 at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with Dr. Michael D. Irwin at the time working on asphaltene compounds and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs). He co-led the group with Dr. Irwin.
Dr. Chute helped build out the synthetic laboratory for DSSCs for Hunt in Dallas, progressing for several months in 2013 until new breakthroughs in Perovskite solar cells came to light in academia. The lab’s crucial pivot to Perovskites and for an optimized solar cell design that could be commercialized prompted him to dive into inorganic chemistry.
Due to a life-threatening injury, he left Hunt in 2017. Undeterred, he diversified his intellectual and financial pursuits and became a licensed securities broker with keen knowledge and awareness of economics and geopolitics. In 2020, after the onset of COVID-19, he left the financial institutions to cultivate his ideas independently while devoting more time to his family. He is a successful independent trader for his own investment accounts. He is founder of a company that takes on many facets of his life to include any project he can bring from concept to reality. He has special concern about climate change and keen interest in technologies to address it, particularly related to graphene and carbon sequestration.