Stephanie Law

LaShanda Korley

Distinguished Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Phone : (302) 831-0937
309 DuPont Hall


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. Her appointment as a Distinguished Professor is effective September 2020. 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 is also the Associate Director for the UD Center for Research in Soft Matter and Polymers (CRiSP).

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.


  • 2020 AIMBE Fellow
  • 2019 NOBCChE Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award
  • Japanese/American Frontiers of Science Symposium – Kavli Fellow, 2012 – 2016
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2011

Research Interests

Mechanically-enhanced, multifunctional materials inspired by nature

  • Hierarchical peptide polymer hybrids
  • Bio-based materials
  • New manufacturing strategies for functional material development
  • Hygromorphic actuators
  • Supramolecular interpenetrating networks (IPNs) and elastomers
  • Responsive gels and composites


Representative Publications

“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 2016, 17(12), 3931–3939; DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.6b01309

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 201713, 283-291, DOI:1 0.1039/C6SM00749J

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. 20173 (8), 1869–1879, DOI: 1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00229

Alexander, S.L.M; Korley, L.T.J.Programming Shape and Tailoring Transport: Advancing Hygromorphic Bilayers with Aligned Nanofibers,” Soft Matter 2017,13, 5589 – 5596, DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00962C

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

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

Wang, C.; Brown, G.; Burris, D.; Korley, L.T.J.; Epps, III, T.; “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

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

 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, DOI:10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00289