Srivastava Lab

Self-Assembly of Soft Materials

The Srivastava Lab is based in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Our research focuses primarily on harnessing self-assembly as a tool for materials design. We are specifically interested in the role of electrostatic interactions, and our work spans from molecular design and synthesis to fabrication characterizations of nano-, micro- and macro-scale materials, with applications in consumer products (such as cosmetics, adhesive and coatings), biomedical and biochemical industries, construction materials and 3D printing.


We are building a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Currently, we are looking for graduate students to join our group.

Graduate Student Opening in the Srivastava Lab (Start in Fall 2021)

We are looking to hire 1-2 graduate (MS and Ph.D.) students for an ongoing NSF-funded project on electrostatic hydrogel-based wet adhesives. This experimental research project will envisage polymer synthesis, material characterization, and application in diverse biomedical settings, and will offer ample opportunities for collaborations with biomedical scientists and clinicians. Students with a background in chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry and biochemistry, and physics are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Samanvaya at

Postdoctoral researchers: We do not have any active openings currently. However, please email Samanvaya with a copy of your CV and a statement of research interests if your research interests match with our group's work.

Group News

  • [May 2021] Samanvaya presents on the group's research at UCLA.

  • [Apr. 2021] Samanvaya presents on the group's research at Ohio University.

  • [Mar. 2021] Shang, Defu, and Advait present their research at the APS March meeting.

  • [Dec. 2020] Vaqar successfully completes his M.S. thesis and heads to the corporate world. Congratulations and all the best!

  • [Dec. 2020] Divya successfully completes her prospectus exam, and Holly successfully completes her written qualifying exam!

  • [Dec. 2020] The latest paper Samanvaya’s postdoc research with Dr. Lu Li and Dr. Artem Rumyantsev on the effects of solvent quality on polyelectrolyte complex phase behavior appears in Macromolecules. [PDF]

  • [Nov. 2020] Our group receives the NSF CAREER award. This award will support our work on multifunctional PEC hydrogels. Link

  • [Nov. 2020] Holly Senebandith joins our group as a graduate student from Chemistry and Biochemistry. Welcome, Holly!

  • [Nov. 2020] Our group presents three talks at the AIChE annual meeting.

  • [Nov. 2020] Samanvaya presents an invited talk at the 32nd International Conference on Science and Technology of Complex Fluids.

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