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

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 Nano and 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 News and on her MIT profile page.


06/07/2018: Congratulations to our recent graduates Dr. Hyunho Kim, Dr. Zhengmao Lu and Dr. David Bierman!

Congratulations to all our recent graduates!


4/6/2018: Congratulations to Zhengmao Lu for successfully defending his PhD

Congratulations to Zhengmao Lu for successfully defending his PhD on Evaporation from Nanopores: Probing Interfacial Transport. The improved fundamental understanding of evaporation reported in Zhengmao's work indicates the significant promise of utilizing an ultrathin nanoporous design to achieve high heat fluxes for evaporation in thermal management, desalination, steam generation, and beyond.

Read more about Zhengmao's research.