Faculty Profile

LaShanda T. Korley

Joint Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Director, Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI)


  • 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

Prof. LaShanda T. J. Korley is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD). Previously, 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 Director of the recently awarded Energy Frontier Research Center – Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) funded by the Department of Energy and also the Co-Director of the recently announced Materials Research Science and Center – UD Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM). She is also the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Bio-inspired Materials and Systems and the Associate Director of the Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP) at the University of Delaware.

Select Publications 

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

  1. Narayan, R.; Saltzberg, M.; Epps, T. H., III; Korley, L.; Trump, P. V.; Powell, B.; Kettner, D.; Zieler, H.; Atkinson, D.; Industrial Biotechnology Journal 2020(roundtable discussion) “Virtual Congressional Education Briefing: End of Life for Bioplastics.”; DOI: 10.1089/ind.2020.29228.rna
  2. Mahajan, J.; O’Dea, R.; Norris, J.; Korley, L.T.J.; Epps, III, T.H.; Aromatics from Lignocellulosic Biomass: A Platform for High-Performance Thermosets, Invited Perspective, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 2020, 8(40), 15072–15096; DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04817
  3. Beckett, L.E.; Lewis, J.T.; Tonge, T.K.; Korley, L.T.J.; Enhancement of the mechanical properties of hydrogels with continuous fibrous reinforcement, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering 2020, 6(10), 5453–5473; DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00911
  4. Thompson, C.B.; Korley, L.T.J; 100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Engineering Supramolecular Materials for Responsive Applications – Design and Functionality, Invited Viewpoint, ACS Macro Letters 2020, 9, 1198–1216; DOI:10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00418
  5. Thompson, C.B.; Chatterjee, S.; Korley, L.T.J.*; Invited Article, Special Issue – Biomimetic Polymers, Gradient Supramolecular Interactions and Tunable Mechanics in Polychaete Jaw Inspired Supramolecular Interpenetrating Networks, European Polymer Journal 2019, 116, 201-209; DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2019.04.015
  6. Van de Voorde, K.; Pokorski, J. P.; and Korley, L.T.J.; Exploring morphological effects on the mechanics of blended PLA/PCL extruded fibers fabricated using multilayer coextrusion, Macromolecules 2020, 53(13), 5047-5055; DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00289
  7. Brannum, M.L.; Steele, A.B.; Venetos, M.C.; Korley, L.T.J.; Wnek, G.E.; White, T.J.; Light Control with Liquid Crystalline Elastomers, Advanced Optical Materials 2019, 7, 1801683-1801687; DOI: 1002/adom.201801683
  8. Redondo, A.; Chatterjee, S.; Brodard, P.; Korley, L.T.J.; Gunkel, I.; Weder, C.; Steiner, U.; Melt-Spun Nanocomposite Fibers Reinforced with Aligned Tunicate Nanocrystals, Polymers 2019, 11, 1912; DOI:10.3390/polym11121912
  9. Brannum, M.; Auguste, A.; Donovan, B.; Godman, N.; Malatujv, V.; Steele, A.; Korley, L.T.J.; Wnek, G.E.; White, T.; Deformation and Elastic Recovery of Acrylate-based Liquid Crystalline Elastomers, Macromolecules 2019, 52, 21, 8248-8255; DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01092
  10. Wang, C.; Brown, G.; Burris, D.; Korley, L.T.J.; Epps, III, T.H.; The Coating Architects: Manipulating Multi-Scale Structures in Polymer Coatings to Optimize Interfacial Properties”, ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2019, 1, 9, 2249-2266; DOI:10.1021/acsapm.9b00302


  1. Epps, III, T.; Korley, L.T.J.; Green, M. “Bio-Based Polysulfones and Uses Thereof”, Invention Disclosure, May 21, 2019
  2. Korley, L. T.; Wnek, G. E.; Jordan, A.; “Fiber reinforced hydrogels and methods of making same”, US 10,286,585 B2, May 14, 2019
  3. Korley, L. T.; Stone, D.A.; Wnek, G. E.; Wanasekara, N.D. “Polymer composite and method of forming same”, US 9,797,075 B2, October 24, 2017


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

  1. New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Trailblazer Award, 2020
  2. AIMBE Fellow, 2020
  3. NOBCChE Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award, 2019
  4. China-America FOE organizing committee, 2019
  5. Soft Matter Emerging Investigator Alumni Spotlight
  6. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Celebrating Women in Nanotechnology, 2019
  7. NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  8. Japanese/American Frontiers of Science Symposium?Kavli Fellow
  9. Invited Participant Global Challenges Summit (US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) (UK Royal Society of Engineering & Chinese Academy of Engineering)
  10. Nominated, Young Talent Award (1 of 6 internationally) Polymers for Advanced Technologies

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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