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

12/06/2019: Congratulations to Elise Strobach and Kyle Wilke for their nomination to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy for 2020


Congratulations to Elise Strobach and Kyle Wilke who were named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy for 2020. Together, they co-founded AeroShield, which manufactures a super-insulating, porous glass for energy efficient windows.

Learn more about AeroShield and Forbes nominations.

 

10/30/2019: Polyethylene aerogel enables all-day subambient radiative cooling


Congratulations to Arny Leroy, Bikram Bhatia, Colin Kelsall, Lin Zhao, Lenan Zhang as well as their collaborators in Chile for their recent work on radiative cooling using polyethylene aerogel which was featured on MIT News. This novel ultra low thermal conductivity material reflects sunlight while being infrared transparent, a combination of thermal and optical properties that have not been demonstrated until now. By putting polyethylene aerogel on top of existing radiative cooling emitters, parasitic solar absorption and heat gains from the ambient air can be minimized and better cooling can be achieved.This work will improve the performance of existing radiative coolers and enable new applications such as passive refrigeration and air conditioning.

Read more on MIT News
Read the paper here

 

8/29/2019: Congratulations to DRL Alumni to Join Academia and Industry this Year!



Congratulations to DRL alumni to join academia and industry this year! Find out more about our recent alumni:

Jeremy Cho, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( Website)
Bikram Bhatia, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville ( Website)
Daniel Preston, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, Houston ( Website)
Yangying Zhu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara ( Website)
Lin Zhao, 3M, Minneapolis, Minnesota ( Website)

 

8/29/2019: Congratulations to David Bierman for winning the DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) Ten at Ten Awards

Congratulations to David Bierman for winning the DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) Ten at Ten Awards. To mark the ten-year anniversary of the EFRC program, the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences selected ten researchers that best exemplify the extraordinary impact that the EFRCs have had on scientific ideas, technologies and people.

Read moreand find out more about the awardees.