The Varanasi Research Group brings about transformational efficiency enhancements in various industries including energy (power generation to oil & gas to renewables), water, agriculture, transportation and electronics cooling by fundamentally altering thermal-fluid-surface interactions across multiple length and time scales.

MIT mechanical engineer Kripa K. Varanasi believes there’s a lot to be gained from boosting the efficiency of existing systems such as steam, nuclear power, and desalination plants by creating surfaces that shed water like feathers on a duck’s back. The group is designing tough new nanoengineered surfaces and coatings that could fundamentally change the thermal-fluid-surface interactions pervasive in energy, water, agriculture, transportation and related fields.