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

4/6/2018: Congratulations to Zhengmao Lu for successfully defending his PhD

Congratulations to Zhengmao Lu for successfully defending his PhD on Evaporation from Nanopores: Probing Interfacial Transport. The improved fundamental understanding of evaporation reported in Zhengmao's work indicates the significant promise of utilizing an ultrathin nanoporous design to achieve high heat fluxes for evaporation in thermal management, desalination, steam generation, and beyond.

Read more about Zhengmao's research.

 

03/22/2018: Demonstration in Arizona (USA) of arid climate and sub-zero dew points water harvesting using metal-organic framework

Congratulations to Hyunho, Sameer, Lin, Sungwoo and their collaborators for publishing their most recent work on water harvesting in Nature Communications! In this work, they demonstrate air-cooled sorbent-based atmospheric water harvesting using metal-organic framework (MOF) in expceptionally arid climate and sub-zero dew points (Tempe, Arizona, USA). They predict that using their device, 0.25 L of water per kg of MOF for a single daily cycle.
Read more on MIT News.

 

1/5/2018: Heena Mutha’s work on carbon nanotube electrodes highlighted in MIT Energy Initiative Energy Futures and MIT News

Congratulations to Heena Mutha for her work on carbon nanotube electrodes highlighted in MIT Energy Initiative Energy Futures and MIT News.

 

12/17/2017: Evelyn N. Wang selected as a 2017 Foreign Policy’s Global Rethinker

Congratulations to Evelyn N. Wang for being selected as a 2017 Foreign Policy's Global Rethinker for her recent work on water harvesting. Read more.