Welcome

Welcome to the MIT Device Research Laboratory (DRL) under the direction of Dr. Evelyn Wang in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.

The DRL combines fundamental studies of micro and nanoscale heat and mass transport processes with the development of novel nanostructured materials to create innovative solutions in thermal management, thermal energy storage, solar thermal energy conversion, and water desalination. We leverage state-of-the-art micro/nanofabrication, unique measurement, and model prediction capabilities to enable mechanistic insights into complex fluid, interfacial, and thermal transport processes. This approach has led to new and important functionalities to enhance heat and mass transfer for various applications.

 

Recent News

4/24/2019: Lenan Zhang’s work on jumping-droplet size distribution theory selected as an Editor’s pick of Applied Physics Letters

Congratulations to Lenan Zhang for his work on size distribution theory during the jumping-droplet condensation process. Using a new theoretical model which considers the unique interaction mechanisms between jumping-droplets, Lenan showed the droplet size distribution is analogous to the well-known Fermi-Dirac distribution due to the underlying exclusive property of the droplet removal.

Read more about his work in Applied Physics Letters

 

4/5/2019: Congratulations to AeroShield and Elise Strobach for winning the 2019 MIT Clean Energy Prize

Congratulations to AeroShield and Elise Strobach for winning the 2019 MIT Clean Energy Prize! AeroShield manufactures a super-insulating nano-glass material developed at the DRL for use in energy efficient windows. AeroShield windows are up to 40% more insulating that traditional double-pane windows, enabling energy savings and improved thermal comfort in buildings at a fraction of the cost of existing approaches.

Read more about the event.

 

4/2/2019: Congratulations to Hyunho Kim for his nomination to Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019

Congratulations to Hyunho Kim for his nomination to Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 for his work on atmospheric water harvesting.

Read more about the article and his work.

 

2/2/2019: Water harvesting work featured on NPR's Changing The World One Invention At A Time series

The DRL's recent work on water harvesting using metal-organic framework adsorbants has been featured on NPR's special series Changing The World One Invention At A Time. Check out the awesome video they made below as well as the entire series on NPR - Changing The World One Invention At A Time.