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

  • [September 2022] Sam presents in the Phillips 66 Seminar Series at the Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Norman, OK.

  • [September 2022] Sam presents a department seminar in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at the University of Notre Dame.

  • [September 2022] Our work on the effect of salt on the structure and interaction of foam films appears is published in Langmuir. [PDF]

  • [September 2022] Defu successfully completes his Ph.D. defense and heads to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher. All the best Dr. Li!

  • [August 2022] Sam attends the ACS Fall Meeting in Chicago, where he presents our group’s work on stable coacervate microemulsions in the session celebrating Matt Tirrell’s award in Colloid Chemistry.

  • [August 2022] Sam attends the International Materials Research Congress in Cancun, Mexico and presents our group’s work on PEC hydrogels and coacervate emulsions in two talks.

  • [July 2022] Sam attends the GRC Polymer Physics and presents a poster on our group’s research.

  • [July 2022] Shang’s work on stable complex coacervate emulsions is published in ACS Macro Letters. [PDF]

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