ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“I am so honored to be a 2019 Millennium Fellow and join a group of such passionate, motivated people. As a Millennium Fellow, I will delve into the interconnectedness of global problems, allowing me to apply my technical and personal interests to a broader dialogue. I am excited to contribute and learn from other student leaders passionate about making the world a better, more sustainable place.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: IIonic Liquid Electrolyte for Redox Flow Battery Application
As a researcher in Northeastern's Complex Electrochemical Systems Laboratory (CESL), I am investigating organic ionic liquid electrolytes for redox flow battery applications. Energy storage remains a key issue in integrating renewable energy sources with the electric grid. Due to their intermittent nature, long-term, large-scale energy storage is needed to ensure grid stability, integrity, and dependability. Current battery technology cannot meet the cost and functionality targets necessary for this level of storage, but new chemistries and architectures are being developed to change this. The redox flow battery is one such experimental battery technology that could have the low-cost and performance attributes necessary to enable grid-scale energy storage. Over the next year, we hope to construct a prototype and demonstrate the viability of this novel electrolyte type.
About the Millennium Fellow
Sofia Catalina is a senior at Northeastern University studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Business Practices. Raised in central Massachusetts, she grew up with an appreciation and love for the natural world, which she hopes to develop into a career enabling renewables through energy storage. At Northeastern, she has broadened her knowledge and interest in electrochemistry, especially through internships at Nuvera Fuel Cells, Form Energy, Tesla and research on-campus in Northeastern's Complex Electrochemical Systems Laboratory. Outside of the lab, Sofia is President of the Northeastern Society of Women Engineers and loves traveling and escaping Boston to hike and kayak.