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Ange-Therese Akono

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Diplôme d’Ingénieure, Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)

Sc., Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)


Dr. Akono’s laboratory investigates fracture events in complex materials using fundamentals of nanotechnology, materials science, and theoretical and applied mechanics. There are three focus areas: geological materials, high-performance structural materials, and biomaterials. For geological materials, the Akono research laboratory investigates the sustainability and viability of unconventional resource extraction as well as carbon dioxide geological storage. For structural materials, Dr. Akono studies novel low-carbon-footprint cement alternatives. For biomaterials, the focus is on creating novel scaffolds for bone tissue regenerative engineering.

Research Interests

Dr. Akono’s laboratory investigates fracture and failure mechanisms in complex materials systems from the molecular level up to the macroscopic scale. This research is articulated over three main thrusts: environment-friendly and high-performance structural materials, natural and nano-engineered biomaterials, and geological materials such as shale or rock. Dr. Akono’s areas of expertise include nano-mechanics, fracture analysis, nanotechnology, advanced experimental testing, and multiscale modeling.

Significant Recognition

  • NIH Diversity Grant (2020)
  • NIH Building Up Scholar (2020)
  • Royal Society International Exchange Scheme Award (2019)
  • Royal Society Speaker Invitation (2019)
  • Northwestern University Searle Faculty Fellowship (2019)
  • NSF GOALI (2019)
  • ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professionals (2016)
  • National Center for Supercomputing Application Faculty Fellowship (2016)

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; Sub-societies: Engineers Without Borders and Engineering Mechanics Institute
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Committee Member, American Society of Civil Engineers Rock Mechanics Committee
  • Committee Member, ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute: Modeling Inelasticity & Multiscale Behavior Committee, Nano-mechanics Committee
  • Reviewer, Journal of Nano-mechanics and Micro-mechanics, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Engineering and Fracture Mechanics, Surface and Coatings Technology, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Society of Petroleum Engineering, Mechanics Research Communications, Mechanics of Materials, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, Wear of Materials

Selected Publications

  • Akono, Ange-Therese, Nanostructure and Fracture Behavior of Carbon Nanofiber-Reinforced Cement Using Nanoscale Depth-Sensing Methods, Materials
  • Akono, Ange-Therese, Fracture behavior of metakaolin‐based geopolymer reinforced with carbon nanofibers, International Journal of Ceramic Engineering & Science
  • Akono, Ange-Therese; Tsotsis, Theodore T.; Werth, Charles J., Alteration of the Fracture Behavior in Host Rock during CO2 Geological Sequestration, 10th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, FraMCoS-X
  • Akono, Ange-Therese; Koric, Seid; Kriven, Waltraud M., Influence of pore structure on the strength behavior of particle- and fiber-reinforced metakaolin-based geopolymer composites, Cement and Concrete Composites
  • Akono, Ange Therese; Druhan, Jennifer L.; Dávila, Gabriela; Tsotsis, Theodore; Jessen, Kristian; Fuchs, Samantha; Crandall, Dustin; Shi, Zhuofan; Dalton, Laura; Tkach, Mary K.; Goodman, Angela L.; Frailey, Scott; Werth, Charles J., A review of geochemical–mechanical impacts in geological carbon storage reservoirs, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology
  • Kaewunruen, Sakdirat; Akono, Ange-Therese; Remennikov, Alex M, Attenuation Effect of Material Damping on Impact Vibration Responses of Railway Concrete Sleepers, Sustainable Solutions for Railways and Transportation Engineering
  • Akono, Ange Therese; Chen, Jiaxin; Kaewunruen, Sakdirat, Friction and fracture characteristics of engineered crumb-rubber concrete at microscopic lengthscale, Construction and Building Materials
  • Akono, Ange Therese; Cui, Yue; Kataruka, Amrita; Anderson, Kevin; Kabir, Pooyan, Intrinsic mechanical properties of calcium aluminate crystals via the linear comparison composite method coupled with nano-indentation, Mechanics of Materials