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Greenwich High Students Debut Documentary On Water Desalination

An image of graphene in crystal-lattice form used to desalinate water.
An image of graphene in crystal-lattice form used to desalinate water. Photo Credit: Graphic: David Cohen-Tanugi

GREENWICH, Conn. — Two Greenwich High School students will debut a new documentary film they created about a revolutionary approach to water desalination.

The documentary will be shown at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.

The 15-minute documentary — "Nanoporous Graphene: A Filter for the Future" — explores the life and work of Dr. David Cohen-Tanugi, an MIT research scientist who developed a way to use graphene to purify water at the molecular level.

“While there is a mature desalination industry already existent, that industry still has a long way to go if desalination is going to be a mainstream solution to water in the 21st century,” Cohen-Tanugi says.

A question-and-answer session with student filmmakers Kathyrn Papas and Sofia Dodaro will follow the film.

The event also includes family-friendly activities from 1:30 to 4 p.m. investigating saltwater. All ages are welcome.

The program is part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science series organized by the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Shellfish Commission. The events are held on the first Sunday of each month throughout the year.

There is no charge to attend. Those without a beach pass can enter the park free by letting the front gate personnel know they are attending the First Sunday Science event. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Bruce Museum Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at by Aug. 31.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich.

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