LaShanda T Korley

LaShanda Korley
  • Joint Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

309 DUP
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
302-831-1048 (fax)

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

"The Korley Group research program focuses on the design of mechanically-enhanced, multi-functional materials inspired by biological materials, including the interplay between confined assembly and self-assembly, hierarchical architectures, and responsive phenomena. These lessons from nature have generated new polymeric materials, including peptide-polymer hybrids, fiber-reinforced hydrogels, supramolecular interpenetrating networks, hygromorphic composites, and polymer-reinforced gels, via strategic synthetic and manufacturing approaches. Targeted applications include drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering scaffolds, soft actuators, and light management fibers.

Hierarchical peptide polymer hybrids
New fiber manufacturing strategies for functional material development
Responsive composites"

XSelected 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.5b06230 47(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.

XSelected Awards

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

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