Meisha Shofner

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Georgia Institute of Technology


Ph.D., 2004, Materials Science, Rice University
B.S., 1997, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Research: 

Biologically Enabled and Bioinspired Materials
Polymers and Macromolecules
Nanomaterials and Nanoengineered Devices
Fibers and Composites
Advanced Structural Materials


Emerging Leaders Program, 2017-2018
Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellows Program, 2014
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2007
Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award, 2006
Franz R. and Frances Brotzen Fellowship, Rice University, 2002
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2004
The University of Texas at Austin Women in Engineering Program’s Academic Excellence Award in Mechanical Engineering, 1997
Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society (Mechanical Engineering)


Dr. Meisha L. Shofner is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, joining the faculty following post-doctoral training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rice University.

Prior to beginning graduate school, she was employed as a design engineer at FMC in the Subsea Engineering Division, working at two plant locations (Houston, Texas and the Republic of Singapore), and she is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.  At Georgia Tech, Dr. Shofner’s research group is concerned with structure-property relationships in polymer nanocomposite materials and with producing structural hierarchy in these materials for structural and functional applications.  This research has been recognized by the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associate Universities and the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award.

Dr. Shofner is a member of the ACS and APS.


Z. Wang, C. Ma, S.A. Sinquefield, M.L. Shofner, and S. Nair, “Graphene oxide nanofiltration membranes for desalination at realistic conditions”, Nature Sustainability, 4, 402-408 (2021).

C.W. Irvin, C.C. Satam, J. Liao, P.S. Russo, V. Breedveld, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Synergistic reinforcement of composite hydrogels with nanofiber mixtures of cellulose nanocrystals and chitin nanofibers”, Biomacromolecules, 22 (2), 340-352 (2021).

E.M. Dogan-Guner, S. Brownell, G.T. Schueneman, M.L. Shofner, and J.C. Meredith, “Enabling zero added-coalescent waterborne acrylic coatings with cellulose nanocrystals”, Progress in Organic Coatings, 150, 105969 (2021).



P. Verma, C.L. Smith, A.C. Griffin, and M.L. Shofner, “Wool nonwovens as candidates for commodity auxetic materials”, Engineering Research Express, 2 (4), 045034 (2020).

M.P. Orr, A. Sonekan, and M.L. Shofner, “Effect of processing method on cellulose nanocrystal/polyethylene-co-vinyl alcohol composites”, Polymer Engineering and Science, 60 (12), 2979-2990 (2020).

Z. Seibers, E. Brim, S. Pittelli, E. Beltran, M.L. Shofner, J.R. Reynolds, “Robust method to chemically functionalize reduced graphene oxides for enhanced dispersion in solvents and high electrical conductivity”, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3 (11), 11455-11464 (2020).

C.C. Satam, C.W. Irvin, C.J. Coffey, R.K. Geran, R. Rivera-Ibarra, M.L. Shofner, and J.C. Meredith,” Controlling barrier and mechanical properties of cellulose nanocrystals by blending with chitin nanofibers”, Biomacromolecules, 21 (2), 545-555 (2020).

Z. Seibers, M. Orr, G.S. Collier, A. Henriquez, M. Gabel, M.L. Shofner, V. La Saponara, and J. Reynolds, “Chemically functionalized reduced graphene oxide as additives in polyethylene composites for space applications”, Polymer Engineering and Science, 60 (1), 86-94 (2020).



E.R. Fitzharris, D.W. Rosen, and M.L. Shofner, “Fast scanning calorimetry for semicrystalline polymers in fused deposition modeling”, Polymer, 166, 196-205 (2019).

C.W. Irvin, C. Satam, J.C. Meredith, and M.L. Shofner, “Mechanical reinforcement and thermal properties of PVA tricomponent nanocomposites with chitin nanofibers and cellulose nanocrystals”, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 116, 147-157 (2019).



E.R. Fitzharris, I. Watt, D.W. Rosen, and M.L. Shofner, “Interlayer bonding improvement of material extrusion parts with polyphenylene sulfide using the Taguchi method”, Additive Manufacturing, 24, 2087-2097 (2018).

C.C. Satam, C.W. Irvin, A.W. Lang, J.C.R. Jallorina, M.L. Shofner, J.R. Reynolds, and J.C. Meredith, “Spray-coated multilayer cellulose nanocrystal – chitin nanofiber films for barrier applications”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (8), 10637–10644 (2018). https://10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01536

E.R. Fitzharris, N. Watanabe, D.W. Rosen, and M.L. Shofner, “Effects of material properties on warpage in fused deposition modeling parts”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 95 (5-8), 2059-2070 (2018).



D. Rosen, N. Watanabe, and M. Shofner “Tensile mechanical properties of polypropylene composites fabricated by material extrusion”, 2017 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium Proceedings. Austin, Texas (2017).

M.P. Orr and M.L. Shofner, “Processing strategies for cellulose nanocrystal/polyethylene-co-vinyl alcohol composites”, Polymer, 126, 211-223 (2017).

N.S. Kevlich, M.L. Shofner, and S. Nair, “Membranes for Kraft black liquor concentration and chemical recovery: Current progress, challenges, and opportunities”, Separation Science and Technology, 52 (6), 1070-1094 (2017).

J.H. Lee and M.L. Shofner, “Tensegrity-inspired polymer nanocomposites”, Polymer, 111, 9-19 (2017).

R. Rashidi, N.S. Kevlich, S.A. Sinquefield, M.L. Shofner, and S. Nair, “Graphene oxide membranes in extreme operating environments: Concentration of Kraft black liquor by lignin retention”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 5 (1), 1002-1009 (2017).


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