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

  • [July 2021] Our review on Polyelectrolyte Coagulants and Flocculants in Water Treatment appears in Materials and Energy: Advances in Water Desalination Technologies. Congrats Divya and Advait! [PDF]

  • [June 2021] Our paper in collaboration with the Sharma group at UIC appears in PNAS. Congrats Shang! [PDF]

  • [June 2021] Shang, Defu, and Advait present on their research in the ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

  • [June 2021] Holly successfully completes her prospectus exam!

  • [June 2021] Matthew, Katie, and Vanessa join us for summer research stints. Welcome!

  • [June 2021] Samanvaya presents on the group's research at the Center for Biological Physics at UCLA.

  • [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.

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