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Windows and Climate Change

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B30

Speaker Name(s): 

Ivan Smalyukh

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Saturday Physics Series

Event Details & Abstract: 

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of buildings account for about 15% of the global energy consumption, but about 20% of this building-related energy is lost because of inefficient windows. Greenhouse emissions associated with producing and using this energy contribute substantially to climate change. Is there a solution to this challenging problem? Starting from the physical principles associated with energy loss through windows, I will describe our development of visibly transparent, infrared-reflecting, thermally super-insulating materials that may replace or retrofit the inefficient windowpanes of residential and commercial buildings. Using many demonstrations, I will discuss how this technology has much in common with liquid crystal displays and how production of such unusual transparent aerogel materials is aided by bacteria to make them affordable.