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

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

  • [November 2021] Our paper on the effects of ion valency on phase behavior and viscoelasticity of polyelectrolyte complexes is accepted for publication in the Journal of Polymer Science. Congrats Divya and Vaqar! This paper will appear in the Emerging Investigators Issue of the Journal, recognizing contributions from young investigators in the area of polymer science. [PDF]

  • [October 2021] We receive a new grant from MRC to study foam variance to inform polyurethane recycling approaches.

  • [October 2021] Samanvaya presents a rapid-fire talk highlighting our group’s research in the PMSE Young Investigator and Future Faculty Speed Presentation and Social Hour.

  • [October 2021] Samanvaya presents a seminar in Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

  • [October 2021] Fahed presents his undergraduate and Master's research work on viscoelastic fingering at the Society of Rheology (SoR) in Bangor, Maine.

  • [October 2021] Divya presents her research on PU composites at the ACC CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado.

  • [September 2021] Our paper on the structure of nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte complexes is published in AIChE Journal. Congrats Advait and Jesse! [PDF]

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