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LaShanda Korley - University of Delaware. Newark, DE, US

LaShanda Korley

Distinguished Professor of Engineering | University of Delaware


Prof. Korley's research is focused on the plastics value chain, from synthetic design and manufacturing processes to life cycle management.






Bio-Inspired Nanotechnology: A Conversation with LaShanda Korley A Plan for our Planet: LaShanda Korley



Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (4)

Bio-Inspired Systems

Sustainable Materials

Polymer Recycling and Upcycling Strategies

New Fiber and Composite Manufacturing Strategies

Media Appearances (3)

UD Professor LaShanda Korley set to begin work as a U.S. Science Envoy

Delaware Public Media  online


University of Delaware professor LaShanda Korley was recently appointed a U.S. Science Envoy, one of seven who will travel the globe to drive research in several sectors.

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UD's LaShanda Korley appointed U.S. Science Envoy | UDaily

University of Delaware  


LaShanda Korley, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been appointed a U.S. Science Envoy for 2023. The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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Thomas H. Epps III and LaShanda Korley have teamed up to envision a more sustainable plastics industry

C&EN  online


“Our approach here is to start thinking about how we can take materials and depolymerize them,” Korley says. Then, she explains, advanced catalytic methods can string the individual monomer units into materials of higher quality than can be made with conventional mechanical recycling. The approach could also provide a versatile way to recycle an increasingly chemically complex plastic waste stream. Epps is director and Korley is associate director of the Center for Research in Soft Matter and Polymers, a sprawling effort that, among other things, is developing technologies to convert organic waste into sustainable plastics.

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Accomplishments (5)

AIChE MAC William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering (professional)


APS Fellow (professional)


ACS PMSE Fellow (professional)


AIChE MAC Gerry Lessells Award (professional)


Fellow of AIChE, ACS, ASC Poly, and RSC (professional)

as of 2023

Education (3)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): PhD, Chemical Engineering/Polymer Science and Technology 2005

Georgia Institute of Technology: BS, Chemical Engineering 1999

Clark Atlanta University: BS, Chemistry and Engineering 1998

Affiliations (6)

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • The Philippine Polymer Society
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Languages (1)

  • English