LaShanda Korley, Ph.D.

Distinguished Associate Professor

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. 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.

Yanchun Tang, Ph.D.

Yanchun Tang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Yanchun joined the Korley group in November 2018. She received her B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2011 from the Huaihua Collage, China. She then was employed as an assistant researcher in the R & D at Xiamen Changsu Industrial Co. She obtained her master’s degree (2015) and doctoral degree (2018) in Material Science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her  research background is in “living” radical polymerization, thermoplastic vulcanizates, mesoporous membranes, and block copolymers. Now, she is working on “smart” gels in the Korley Group.

Kris Van de Voorde

Kris Van de Voorde

Graduate Student

 

Louisiana native, Kris came to the Korley group in July of 2016 with a B.S. in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. In his research, Kris utilizes multilayer coextrusion as a high-throughput method for producing biocompatible microfibers for use in tissue scaffolds supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In his spare time, Kris enjoys wearing boots, hiking, Taylor Swift, and cheesy slasher flicks.morphology and mechanics of composite materials.  She loves to travel and cook.

Jignesh Mahajan

Jignesh Mahajan

Graduate Student

Jignesh has completed his bachelor’s degree from Institute of Chemical Technology in 2016 and a Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2018. He worked on electrospinnability of ultra-high molecular weight polypropylene for his Master’s thesis. Jignesh joined the Korley group in Fall 2018. His research involves design and manufacturing of bio-based polymers, and he is co-advised with Professor Thomas Epps III. Outside of research, he likes listening to music and traveling.

Joanne Norris

Joanne Norris

Graduate Student

Jo completed a bachelor of arts in economics and a Bachelor of Science in sustainability studies at Hofstra university, as well as a master’s degree in climate and society from Columbia University. She has worked in R&D for environmental applications of nanoporous fibers. She joined the Korley group in fall 2018 co-advised by Profs. John Rabolt and Bruce Chase, and will be working on biologically made, biodegradable polymers.

Akash Vaidya

Akash Vaidya

Graduate Student

Akash joined the group in Fall 2018. He is from Staten Island, New York and has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University. As an undergrad, Akash studied sequence-defined oligomers, endosomal escape, and pancreatic cancer metabolism. As a grad student, Akash explores biomedical applications of supramolecular assemblies in interpenetrating polymer networks. Akash loves nature, music, tennis, ping-pong, driving, running, jogging, and walking.

Maida Mahmood

Maida Mahmood

Graduate Student

Maida is from Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated in Polymer Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. She did her undergraduate research on elastomeric materials. She worked as an R&D engineer in paints and coatings industry for a year. Her future research will be focused on bio-based polymers and She will be co-advised by Dr. Thomas Epps. In her spare time, she enjoys sketching, sitcoms, anime, suspension bridges, and good sense of humor.
 
Chase Thompson

Chase Thompson

Graduate Student

Chase hails from Carrier, Mississippi, and joined the Korley research group in August 2015. Chase works on the development of supramolecular chemistry and interpenetrating networks. Chase received his B.S. in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi. When Chase is not mixing success, he likes spending time hiking and camping in national parks: mixing together the perfect blend of nature and quality time with friends.

Daseul Jang

Daseul Jang

Graduate Student

Daseul joined the Korley lab in 2017 and received her B.S. and M.E. in chemical engineering from Inha University. During her master’s course, she worked on the development of nacre-mimetic nanocellulose/montmorillonite nanocomposites. Her current research focuses on developing spider silk-inspired peptide/polymer hybrids and studying the relationship between morphology and mechanics of composite materials.  She loves to travel and cook.

Francis Klincewicz

Francis Klincewicz

Graduate Student

Francis grew up in Central New Jersey.  Before joining the Korley group in Fall 2018, he earned his BME and MMSE from the University of Delaware.  His research focuses on applying the principles established in the structural composites field to fiber-reinforced hydrogels supported as a UNIDEL fellow.  When he is not doing science, he likes fencing, chess, and sharing puns.

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Graduate Student

Jessica received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Florida while studying the synthesis of sustainable polymers. She joined the Korley group in 2019, where she will be working on supramolecular polymers, interpenetrating polymer networks, and stimuli- responsive materials. Beyond her research, Jessica enjoys traveling, musicals, Lady Gaga, capybaras, and caffeinated beverages.

Yu Tai Wong

Yu Tai Wong

Graduate Student

Yu Tai received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in 2018. He focused on the synthesis of conjugated polymers for organic solar cells during his undergraduate research. His current research would be focusing on the synthesis and characterization of lignin-based polymers with interpenetrating networks. When he am not playing around with research, he enjoys photographing, playing badminton, cooking, and listening to music.

Alumni

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Tiffani Burt, Ph.D. 2012

Global Process Platform Leader, Sealed Air

Casey Johnson, Ph.D. 2014

Research Engineer, DuPont Circleville Research Lab

Nandula Wanasekara, Ph.D. 2014

       Faculty, University of Moratuwa

Keon Soo Jang, Ph.D. 2014

Faculty, University of Suwon (South Korea)

Alex Jordan, Ph.D. 2016

Faculty, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Lindsay Matolyak, Ph.D. 2017

Research Chemist, PPG

Symone Alexander, Ph.D. 2018

Post-doctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech, CBE

Michelle T. Brannum, Ph. D. 2019

       AFRL

Ada Anyanwu, MS 2019

       University of Delaware 

Bingrui Li, MS 2016

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nicholas R. Wheeler, MS 2011

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Lindsay Bolisay (2007-2008)

Dr. Jong Keum (2009)

Dr. David Stone (2009-2010)

Dr. Vidya Viswanath (2015-2016)

Dr. Sourav Chatterjee (2018-2019)

Undergraduate and Exchange Students 

Ajay Sapre, BS

David Jones, BS

Thomas Cotey, BS

William Lenart, BS

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, BS

Kristin Jones, BS

Emily Vrbensky, BS

Sri Vidy Uppalapati, BS

James Covello, BS

Bailey Flint, BS

Jonathan Petrozzini, BS

Kevin Van der Ploeg, MS