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Join us for Café Scientifique

Interested in science? Want to learn more about the latest technology breakthroughs in normal English, minus the jargon? Then Café Scientifique Pittsburgh at Carnegie Science Center is the place to be!

Café Sci is THE place in Pittsburgh where anyone interested in science can get together at a scientific hub to discuss today's science issues with experts, and best of all... you can ask your own questions! After a brief talk by our monthly guest speaker, the evening is dedicated to a question-and-answer session. Plus, enjoy our pub-type atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Join us for Café Scientifique on Monday, May 2.


Paul Medwick

Paul A. Medwick, Ph.D.

Senior Group Leader,
Glass Coatings Group
Glass Science and Technology


Thin Film Coatings on Glass for Energy-Efficient Windows

Most people love a room with a view, and living or working in an environment with plenty of natural light is a plus. But windows, while a key part of any building design, also offer a pathway for thermal energy transfer between the interior and exterior. This transfer may or may not be desirable.

In cold climates, reducing heat loss to the external environment is the goal, to keep the inside temperature sufficiently warm. In solar-intense climates, reducing the amount of heat load transmitted by the windows is the goal, as well as managing glare from the sun.

Join PPG's Paul Medwick as he discusses the ways energy is transferred through windows and how some film coatings can be used to manage those energy flows, while preserving the visual acuity of the window. Dr. Medwick will also discuss the process of producing glass films and how these coatings provide an opportunity to tailor the architectural aesthetics of buildings. The presentation will also explain terms such as "low-E glass" and "solar heat gain coefficient" to homeowners in the market for new windows.

Dr. Medwick is senior group leader in the Glass Coatings Group at PPG’s glass science and technology center and has more than two decades of experience developing and commercializing multilayer thin film-coated glass products for architectural, solar, and other specialty applications.

A Carnegie Science Award winner for Advanced Manufacturing in 2008 and 2012, Dr. Medwick earned a bachelor's degree in physics with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University, and master's and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He holds fourteen issued U.S. patents, and is named an inventor on nineteen pending U.S. patent applications.

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, and the program is 7-9 pm.
Location: Carnegie Science Center
Admission: FREE!
Parking: $5
Cash bar: Open from 6-7:30 pm

NOTE: Click here to let us know you're coming, even if you don't plan to buy food.

A la carte menu:

Chef’s choice entrée
Pre-made deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads
Soup du jour
Chips and cookies
Bottled and fountain soda, coffee
Beer and wine

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