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

3/10/15: Nenad, Dan and Ryan's work on harvesting energy from jumping droplets featured Frontiers in Energy Research

Devices utilizing superhydrophobic surfaces and water in the air could power small, remote devices. Read the article here.


10/13/14: Yangying, Dion and Rong's work featured on the front cover of Advanced Materials

Read the paper here and news article here.


10/06/14: DRL researchers have developed a new way of creating surfaces on which droplets of any desired shape can spontaneously form.

The work is described in the journal Nature Communications by associate professor of mechanical engineering Evelyn Wang, former postdocs Rishi Raj and Ryan Enright, and graduate student Solomon Adera. Read the paper here and news article here.