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

08/08/2020: Nanoporous membrane device for ultra high heat flux thermal management

Congratulations to Daniel Hanks, Zhengmao Lu, Jay Sircar, Dion S. Antao, Kevin Bagnall, Banafsheh Barabadi and Dr. Todd R. Salamon at Bell Labs for their paper entitled “Nanoporous membrane device for ultra high heat flux thermal management” being selected as an outstanding paper of Microsystems & Nanoengineering, a journal published by Springer Nature!

Read the paper here


02/07/2020: Ultrahigh-efficiency desalination via a thermally-localized multistage solar still

Congratulations to Zhenyuan Xu, Lenan Zhang, Lin Zhao, Bikram Bhatia, Kyle Wilke, Youngsup Song and their collaborators in China for their recent work on ultrahigh-efficiency solar-powered water desalination which was featured on MIT News. This work demonstrated a record-high solar-to-vapor conversion efficiency of 385% with a production rate of 5.78 L m-2 h-1 using a low-cost and free-of-salt accumulation multistage architecture. This work elucidates the fundamental limit of the solar-to-vapor conversion process and provides useful design guideline for existing passive solar thermal desalination technologies.

Read more on MIT News and read the paper here


02/04/2020: Congratulations to DRL Alumni Joining Academia

Congratulations to DRL alumni joining academia! Find out more about our recent alumni:

Solomon Adera, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Website)
Shuai Gong, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (Website)


01/29/2020: Congratulations to Geoff Vaartstra for winning the best poster award at MARC 2020

Congratulations to Geoff Vaartstra for winning the best poster award at the 2020 Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC)!