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Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy

Who will win, who will lose in the battle for power in the 21st century? 

The Ohio State University hosts the Fourth-annual Environmental Film Series, which continues with a screeening of "Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy Future," on Monday Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemstry (CBEC) building, Room 130. 

Helping to lead the discussion about the global race toward a clean energy future, are Ohio State Assistant Professor Tyler Grassman and Josh Knights, associated director of the university's Office of Energy and Environment.

Through stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the United States and China, the film explores the path toward clean energy.

Grassman, jointly appointed in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science Engineering departments, said the road isn't an easy one to navigate.

“Transitioning the world to clean energy sources, like solar and wind, is a complex process involving people from a vast range of fields, technical and non-technical alike," he said. 

Collaboration remains key to success, Grassman said. Academia and industry must continue to work together, utilizing scientists and engineers resolving different technical solutions, as well as leaders finding cultural solutions on the non-technical side. 

"Together, we can really make an impact," he said. 

Grassman earned his Ph.D. from the University of California – San Diego in 2007. His research focuses on the development and integration of novel electronic and optoelectronic materials, and the study of their surfaces, interfaces, and defects, with a focus on photovoltaics and other clean energy and energy efficiency applications.

To learn more about the films held this month and throughout November, visit HERE