Samvit completed his M.Sc. in Physics from Bangalore University and Ph.D. from Manipal University, India. As part of his Ph.D., he developed a new recipe for the rapid synthesis of luminescent materials using a combination of microwaves and rapid thermal annealing. Using this technique, he was able to engineer material defects and control radiative emissions of wide bandgap oxides. Soon after his Ph.D., Samvit joined the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State in South Africa where he focused on developing phosphors with long persistent luminescence for bioimaging applications. For this, he obtained a seed grant worth ZAR ~1.5 million (~€ 80000) to set up the lab. This project turned into an international collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark and Ghent University, Belgium. After spending three years in South Africa, Samvit received the Sparkle – Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship and joined CAPPA where he is working with Dr. Tomasz Ochalski as a photonics researcher working on fluorescent nanodiamonds for applications in healthcare. His research interests include diamond photonics, optical materials, and biomedical devices.