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

3/2/2017: STPV work selected as 1 of 10 breakthrough technologies in 2017 by Technology Review

Congratulations to David Bierman and Andrej Lenert! MIT Technology Review has selected their solar thermophotovoltaic (STPV) work as 1 of 10 breakthrough technologies in 2017. This technology has the potential to be roughly twice as efficient as conventional photovoltaics while also providing electricity when the sun is out by combining it to thermal storage. Read more at: MIT News and Solar Thermophotovoltaic

 

02/13/2017: Heeena's work on characterizing nanostructures featured on nanotechweb

Nanotech.org featured Heena's work on characterizing nanostructures non-destructively using impedance spectroscopy. This work has been published in Nanotechnology.

 

01/05/2017: STPV named one of the Biggest Clean Energy Advances in 2016

Congratulations to David Bierman and Andrej Lenert! MIT Technology Review has named STPV one of the "Biggest Clean Energy Advances in 2016". Earlier in 2016, a demonstration of enhanced STPV device performance through the suppression of 80% of unconvertible photons by pairing a one-dimensional photonic crystal selective emitter with a tandem plasma-interference optical filter was published in Nature Energy. A solar-to-electrical conversion rate of 6.8%, exceeding the performance of the photovoltaic cell alone was measured. Read more at: MIT News and Solar Thermophotovoltaic