Dr. Archana Samanta is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Textile and Fiber Engineering at IIT Delhi, India. She graduated from The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, with a PhD in Fiber Science and Technology in 2017. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, she was working as Post-doctoral researcher (2020-2022) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She worked in a pioneer group in developing cellulose and fiber based composites for optics and photonics applications.  Prior to this she gained research experience in developing sustainable textile fibers, formulations and finishes from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2018-2020). Her strong interests towards academia enthused her in securing the top grades in her bachelor and master studies. She is the recipient of Dr. Pushpa Bajaj gold medal for highest CGPA during M.Tech degree in Fiber science and technology from IIT Delhi. Her main research focuses on sustainable fibrous materials and advanced fiber based composites. She has publications in leading refereed SCI journals, patents, book chapters and several conference proceedings. She holds editorial membership of international referred journals and professional scientific societies.


For prospective students (Postdocs, PhDs): Self-motivated candidates interested to progress and explore in the below research domain can mail their CV to archana@iitd.ac.in



Fiber Engineering: Melt spinning, solution spinning, electrospinning and establishing structure-property correlation.

Sustainable Materials: Composites for optics and photonics application, energy harvesting materials.

Functional textile finishes: Development of sustainable textile finishes and surface coating applications.

Development of bio-based materials, colloidal science and applied surface chemistry.



February 2020 – June 2022 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of applied Physics, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

June 2018 – February 2020 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

November 2017 - May 2018 Research Engineer at Saint Gobain Research India.



  • Samanta, A., Nechyporchuk, O, Bordes, R. Wet spinning of strong cellulosic fibres with incorporation of phase change material capsules stabilized by cellulose nanocrystals. Carbohydrate polymers. DOI- 10.1016/j.carbpol.2023.120734, 2023
  • Samanta, A., Höglund, M., Samanta, P., Popov, S., Sychugov, I., Maddalena, L., Carosio, F., Berglund, L.A. Charge Regulated Diffusion of Silica Nanoparticles into Wood for Flame Retardant Transparent Wood. (2022) Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2100354.
  • Huang J, Zhou J, Jungstedt E, Samanta A, Linnros J, Berglund LA and Sychugov I. Large-Area Transparent “Quantum Dot Glass” for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics. ACS Photonics 2022, 9, 7, 2499–2509.
  • Samanta, A., Chen, H., Samanta, P., Popov, S., Sychugov, I., Berglund, L.A. Reversible dual-stimuli-responsive chromic transparent wood biocomposites for smart window applications (2021) ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13 (2), pp. 3270-3277.
  • Pang J, Baitenov A, Montanari C, Samanta A, Berglund L, Popov S, Zozoulenko I. Light Propagation in Transparent Wood: Efficient Ray-Tracing Simulation and Retrieving an Effective Refractive Index of Wood Scaffold. Advanced Photonics Research .2021,2, 2100135-42
  • Samanta, P., Samanta, A., Montanari, C., Li, Y., Maddalena, L., Carosio, F., Berglund, L.A. Fire-retardant and transparent wood biocomposite based on commercial thermoset (2022) Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 156, art. no. 106863, 
  • Yadav, A., Ghosh, S., Samanta, A., Pal, J., Srivastava, R.K. Emulsion templated scaffolds of poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-a review (2022) Chemical Communications, 58 (10), pp. 1468-1480.
  • Zhou, J., Huang, J., Chen, H., Samanta, A., Linnros, J., Yang, Z., Sychugov, I. Low-Cost Synthesis of Silicon Quantum Dots with Near-Unity Internal Quantum Efficiency (2021) Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 12 (37), pp. 8909-8916.
  • Samanta, A., Bordes, R. On the effect of particle surface chemistry in film stratification and morphology regulation (2020) Soft Matter, 16 (27), pp. 6371-6378.
  • Samanta, A., Bordes, R. Conductive textiles prepared by spray coating of water-based graphene dispersions (2020) RSC Advances, 10 (4), pp. 2396-2403.
  • Wu, D., Samanta, A., Srivastava, R.K., Hakkarainen, M. Nano-graphene oxide functionalized bioactive poly(lactic acid) and poly(ε-caprolactone) nanofibrous scaffolds (2018) Materials, 11 (4), art. no. 566, .
  • Samanta, A., Takkar, S., Kulshreshtha, R., Nandan, B., Srivastava, R.K. Hydroxyapatite stabilized pickering emulsions of poly(ε-caprolactone) and their composite electrospun scaffolds (2017) Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 533, pp. 224-230.
  • Samanta, A., Takkar, S., Kulshreshtha, R., Nandan, B., Srivastava, R.K. Facile Fabrication of Composite Electrospun Nanofibrous Matrices of Poly(ϵ-caprolactone)-Silica Based Pickering Emulsion (2017) Langmuir, 33 (32), pp. 8062-8069.
  • Wu, D., Samanta, A., Srivastava, R.K., Hakkarainen, M. Starch-Derived Nanographene Oxide Paves the Way for Electrospinnable and Bioactive Starch Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering (2017) Biomacromolecules, 18 (5), pp. 1582-1591.
  • Samanta, A., Takkar, S., Kulshreshtha, R., Nandan, B., Srivastava, R.K. Electrospun composite matrices of poly(ε-caprolactone)-montmorillonite made using tenside free Pickering emulsions (2016) Materials Science and Engineering C, 69, pp. 685-691.
  • Sharma, E., Samanta, A., Pal, J., Bahga, S.S., Nandan, B., Srivastava, R.K. High Internal Phase Emulsion Ring-Opening Polymerization of Pentadecanolide: Strategy to Obtain Porous Scaffolds in a Single Step (2016) Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 217 (15), pp. 1752-1758.
  • Samanta, A., Nandan, B., Srivastava, R.K. Morphology of electrospun fibers derived from High Internal Phase Emulsions (2016) Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 471, pp. 29-36.



  • Srivastava Rajiv K. Nandan Bhanu, Bahga Supreet Singh, Samanta Archana, Sharma Esha, Pal Jit “Single step process of making 3D porous construct based on aliphatic polyesters", Indian Patent No. 347028
  • A process for producing crosslinked polymeric matrices Indian Patent Application number 201811035313 Rajiv Kumar Srivastava, Bhanu Nandan, Shweta, Jit Pal, Anil kumar Lalchand Yadav, Archana Samanta, Pramod Gurave.


Book Chapters:

  • Samanta, A.; Srivastava, R. K.; Electrospun Fibrous Matrices of Soy Protein and their Applications- (2017) Soy Protein: Properties, Health Effects and Research Advances, pp. 183-199.
  • Samanta, A.; Srivastava, R. K.; Nano-Composite Fibers via Green Electrospinning Chapter 2, Nanotechnology in Textiles: Advances and Developments in Polymer Nanocomposites; Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore 2019.
  • Samanta, A.; Nandan, B. Chapter- Characterization of electrospun fibers. Electrospun Nanofibrous Technology for Clean Water Production. Springer publications, 2021


Depatment of Textile and Fibre Engineering

IIT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016 Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016