• Café Scientifique
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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, June 1.


Dr. Sudarshan Narayanan

Research Engineer
PPG Industries, Inc.


Transparent Conductors: Tales From the Unseen!

Transparent conductors are now being used in many civil and military applications, including components used in solar cells, antireflection coatings, car windows, incandescent bulbs, and LCD displays. The field of organic electronics is making tremendous progress into entering the mainstream electronics industry with products such as OLED televisions, curved displays, wearable devices, and flexible solar cells. A major component in these devices, especially for photovoltaic applications, is a transparent conductor, which is used as one of the electrodes. Dr. Narayanan will discuss transparent conductors, including their applications, technologies, and advances.

Dr. Narayanan works in the Flat Glass Research and Development division of PPG Industries, Inc. based in Pittsburgh. He completed a bachelor's degree in technology from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in India. He then came to the United States for post-graduate studies and completed a master's degree and a doctorate in materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University before joining PPG. During his doctoral work, Dr. Narayanan studied alternative transparent conductor materials using metal-polymer hybrid systems for use in flexible electronic applications with an emphasis on photovoltaics.

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
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

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