Srivastava Lab


Principal Investigator

Samanvaya Srivastava

B.S. and M.S., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Samanvaya is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate and masters work from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and his PhD with Lynden Archer from Cornell University, all in Chemical Engineering. Before coming to UCLA, he was a postdoctoral scholar with Matthew Tirrell at the Institute for Molecular Engineering in the University of Chicago.

Samanvaya's research interests are in understanding the influence of intermolecular interactions on material structure and properties, with a broader aim to combine this fundamental understanding with molecular engineering and self-assembly processes to improve materials design. Samanvaya was a recipient of the Austin Hooey Graduate Research Excellence Recognition Award at Cornell University in 2013 and the RSC Researcher Mobility Grant in 2017.


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Graduate Students

Shang Gao

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology

Shang is a graduate student in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. As an undergraduate, she worked on electrocatalysts, including novel-metal based materials (Pt) and carbon-based materials (Fe/Co/Ni-N-C) facilitating in ORR/OER/HER applications as well as fuel cells. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking.


Defu Li

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Defu is a graduate student in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering. His previous researches are focused on proton-exchange membrane fuel cell, synthesis of nanoscale materials, and energy conversion materials. He enjoys doing exercise and traveling.


John Neilsen

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

B.S. Applied Mathematics – University of Rhode Island

John is a graduate student in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering. His work focuses of the design, synthesis and characterization of charged nanoparticle polyelectrolyte composite materials. He seeks to discover and understand the fundamental behavior of these materials, as well as their application to novel engineering materials. Outside the lab, John enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, and is an avid traveler.


Undergraduate Students

Vito Canuso

Juliette Cheah

Jenna Davis

Angelina Kim

Don Le

Stanislav Protas

Jamie Salinger

Sahil Singal

Harsh Srivastav

Justin Wolfman