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

06/03/2021: Congratulations to Arny Leroy for successfully defending his PhD


Congratulations to Arny Leroy for successfully defending his PhD on Subambient Passive Cooling Enabled by Polyethylene Aerogels.

During his PhD, Arny worked on the development, characterization, and optimization of polyethylene aerogels to achieve a low thermal conductivity material with high solar reflectance and infrared transmittance. Theoretically and experimentally, he investigated the benefits of using polyethylene aerogel covers in outdoor devices exposed to direct sunlight and demonstrated significant passive cooling below the ambient temperature and high subambient cooling power. His contributions show potentials of applications to food produce storage, building cooling, and reduction of CO2 emissions.

 

05/24/2021: Congratulations to Arny Leroy and Geoffrey Vaartstra for winning awards


Congratulations to Arny Leroy for winning the MIT MechE Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award for outstanding graduate research on subambient passive cooling enabled by polyethene aerogels, and Geoffrey Vaartstra for winning a MIT MechE Covid-19 Hero award for leading DRL in the ramp-down and ramp-up during the pandemic.

 

05/21/2021: Congratulations to Chad Wilson, Carlos Díaz-Marín and Cody Jacobucci for successfully completing their master's degrees


Congratulations to Chad Wilson, Carlos Díaz-Marín and Cody Jacobucci for successfully completing their master's degrees at DRL!

Chad Wilson: Design, Modelling and Characterization of a Multiscale Heat Exchanger for High-Temperature, High-Pressure Applications
Carlos Díaz-Marín: Rational Fabrication of High-Performance and Scalable Opal Crystals for Thermo-Fluidic Applications
Cody Jacobucci: Design and Optimization of Adsorption Systems for Automotive Climate Control

 

05/21/2021: Congratulations to the MIT newlyweds, Yajing Zhao and Shichao Yue!


Congratulations to Yajing Zhao and her new husband Shichao Yue! Professor Evelyn Wang served as the officiant for their wedding both online and in-person!