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

05/24/2016: David’s work on solar thermophotovoltaic devices featured in MIT News

Demonstration of enhanced STPV device performance through the suppression of 80% of unconvertible photons by pairing a one-dimensional photonic crystal selective emitter with a tandem plasma-interference optical filter. A solar-to-electrical conversion rate of 6.8%, exceeding the performance of the photovoltaic cell alone was measured.
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05/06/2016: Congratulations to Daniel Hanks on successfully defending his PhD

Congratulations to Daniel Hanks on successfully defending his PhD on Evaporation from Nanoporous Membranes for High Heat Flux Thermal Management.
Evaporation from Nanoporous Membranes

 

4/22/16: Congratulations to the DRL for winning MIT Green Labs Seed Funding

After undergoing waste and energy audits and pitching ideas to promote environmentally conscious research practices, the Device Research Laboratory won 1,000 dollars in seed funds to make the lab greener by reducing energy and water consumption, reducing chemical waste, and recycling materials!
MIT Greenlabs Website
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