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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; Zhan, Mimi; Chen, Jiaxin; Shah, Surendra P, Nanostructure of calcium-silicate-hydrates in fine recycled aggregate concrete, Cement and Concrete Composites 115.
  • Nana, Achile; Kamseu, Elie; Akono, Ange-Therese; Ngouné, Jean; Djobo, Yankwa; Tchakouté, Hervé Kouamo; Bognozzi, Maria Chiara; Leonelli, Cristina, Particles size and distribution on the improvement of the mechanical performance of high strength solid solution based inorganic polymer composites, Materials Chemistry and Physics 267.
  • Han, Lin; Pathirage, Madura; Akono, Ange Therese; Cusatis, Gianluca, Lattice Discrete Particle Modeling of Size Effect in Slab Scratch Tests, Journal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME 88(2).
  • Akono, Ange-Therese; Werth, Charles J.; Shi, Zhuofan; Jessen, Kristian; Tsotsis, Theodore T., Advanced Geomechanical Model to Predict the Impact of CO2-Induced Microstructural Alterations on the Cohesive-Frictional Behavior of Mt. Simon Sandstone, Minerals 11(1).
  • Akono, Ange Therese; Dávila, Gabriela; Druhan, Jennifer; Shi, Zhuofan; Jessen, Kristian; Tsotsis, Theodore, Influence of geochemical reactions on the creep behavior of Mt. Simon sandstone, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 103.
  • Chen, Jiaxin; Akono, Ange-Therese, Influence of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on the hydration products of ordinary Portland cement paste, Cement and Concrete Research 137.
  • Akono, Ange Therese, Effect of nano-TiO2 on C–S–H phase distribution within Portland cement paste, Journal of Materials Science 55(25):11106-11119.
  • Akono, Ange-Therese, Nanostructure and Fracture Behavior of Carbon Nanofiber-Reinforced Cement Using Nanoscale Depth-Sensing Methods, Materials 13(17).