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LaShanda T. Korley

Joint Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering


  • Post-Doctorate – 2007 Cornell University
  • Post-Doctorate – 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Doctorate – 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bachelors – 1999 Georgia Institute of Technology

About LaShanda Korley

LaShanda T.J. Korley joined the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware (UDel) in January 2018 as a Distinguished Associate Professor. Prior to Prof. Korley’s appointment at UDel, she held the Climo Associate Professorship of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she started her independent career in 2007. Taking inspiration from nature, her research program involves understanding the design rules employed by nature and applying these strategies to the development of mechanically enhanced and tunable materials. Prof. Korley is the Principal Investigator of the recently awarded NSF PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems. She received a B.S. in both Chemistry & Engineering from Clark Atlanta University as well as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. Dr. Korley completed her doctoral studies at MIT in Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005. LaShanda Korley was the recipient of the Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell in 2005, where she completed a two year postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Select Publications 

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. Jordan, A.M., Korley, L.T.J., “Toward a Tunable Fibrous Scaffold: Structural Development during Uniaxial Drawing of Coextruded Poly(caprolactone) Fibers?”, Macromolecules 48(8), 2614?2627, (2015)
  2. Wanasekara, N.D., Matolyak, L., Korley, L.T.J., “Tunable Mechanics in Electrospun Composites via Hierarchical Organization”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces DOI:10.1021/acsami.5b0623047(41), 22970, (2015)
  3. Jordan, A.M., Marotta, T., Korley, L.T.J., “Reducing Environmental Impact: Solvent and PEO Reclamation During Production of Melt-Extruded PCL Nanofibers”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering DOI:10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b0101 2994-3003, (2015)
  4. Matolyak, L.E.; Keum, J.K.; Korley, L.T.J., ” ?Molecular design ? network architecture and its impact on the organization and mechanics of peptide-polyurea hybrids?”, Biomacromolecules DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.6b01309 17(12), 3931?3939, (2016)
  5. Alexander, Symone L.M.; Korley, L.T.J., “Tunable hygromorphism: structural implications of low molecular weight gels and electrospun nanofibers in bilayer composites”, Soft Matter DOI:1 0.1039/C6SM00749J 13, 283-291, (2017)
  6. Alexander, S.L.M; Matolyak, L.E.; Korley, L.T.J., “Intelligent nanofiber composites: Dynamic communication between materials and their environment”, Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (Invited Feature) DOI: 10.1002/mame.201700133 1700133, 302, (2017)
  7. Jordan, A.M; Kim, S.-E.; Van de Voorde, K.M.; Porkoski, J.; Korley, L.T.J., “In Situ Fabrication of Fiber Reinforced Three-Dimensional Hydrogel Tissue Engineering Scaffolds”, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. DOI: 1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00229 3 (8), 1869?1879, (2017)
  8. Alexander, S.L.M; Korley, L.T.J., “Programming Shape and Tailoring Transport: Advancing Hygromorphic Bilayers with Aligned Nanofibers”, Soft Matter 13, 5589-5596, (2017)
  9. Alexander, S. L. M.; Korley, L.T.J., “Nucleation effects of high molecular weight polymer additives on low molecular weight gels”, Invited Article, Polymer Journal DOI: 10.1038/s41428-018-0076-0(2018)
  10. Matolyak, L.E.; Thompson, C. B.; Li, B.; Keum, J.; Cowen, J.; Tomazin, R.; Korley, L.T.J., “Secondary Structure Mediated Hierarchy and Mechanics in Polyurea-Peptide Hybrids”, Biomacromolecules DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b00762 (2018)


  1. Polymer composite and method of forming same (US 9,797,075 B2): Korley, L. T., Stone, D.A., Wnek, G. E., Wanasekara, N.D.


For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  2. Japanese/American Frontiers of Science Symposium?Kavli Fellow
  3. Invited Participant Global Challenges Summit (US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) (UK Royal Society of Engineering & Chinese Academy of Engineering)
  4. Nominated, Young Talent Award (1 of 6 internationally) Polymers for Advanced Technologies
  5. DuPont Young Professor Award
  6. CWRU Diekhoff Graduate Mentoring Award

Research Areas 

Bio-inspired polymeric materials, film and fiber manufacturing, stimuli-responsive composites, peptide-polymer hybrids, and fiber-reinforced hydrogels 

Office: 309 DUP
Phone: 302-831-0937

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