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

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.


11/28/2018: Bikram Bhatia's work on passive directional radiative cooling featured in MIT News

Congratulations to Bikram Bhatia for his work on passive directional radiative cooling. Using a directional approach to passive radiative cooling that exploits the angular confinement of solar irradiation in the sky, Bikram demonstrated sub-ambient cooling during the day regardless of the emitter properties in the solar spectrum. This work could enable low-cost radiative cooling systems and have applications in portable refrigeration and thermal management of concentrated photovoltaics.

Read more in MIT Newsand in Nature Communications.


11/1/2018: Kyle Wilke's work on condensation-resistant omniphobic surfaces featured in MIT News

Congratulations to Kyle Wilke for his work on condensation-resistant omniphobic surfaces. Using isolated reentrant cavities to prevent nucleation and spreading of droplets, Kyle was able to create an omniphobic surface that can repel liquids even during condensation.

Read more about his work in ACS Nanoand in MIT News.


6/22/2018: Congratulations to Evelyn N. Wang for being named head of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering!

Congratulations to Evelyn N. Wang, the Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor and director of MIT’s Device Research Laboratory, for being named head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective July 1, 2018. We all look forward to the leadership, the input and the great things Evelyn will bring to the department.

Read more about Evelyn's accomplishments, awards and work in MIT Newsand on her MIT profile page.