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.

Group News

  • [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 has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules.

  • [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 32th International Conference on Science and Technology of Complex Fluids.

  • [Oct. 2020] Our review on SAXS Methods for Polyelectrolyte Complexes with Amanda Marciel, Jeff Ting, and Matthew Tirrell appears in Methods in Enzymology. [PDF]

  • [Sept. 2020] Samanvaya is named among the newest class of 35 Under 35 Award by AIChE. Link

  • [Sept. 2020] Advait and Defu successfully complete their prospectus exams!

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

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.

Graduate students: Please apply to the MS or PhD program at UCLA, and contact Samanvaya with a copy of your application.

We thankfully acknowledge the support of our sponsors