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Ange-Therese Akono
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Fellow
National center for Supercomputing Applications

Faculty Affiliate
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office #: 3108 NCEL       Lab #: 4234 B NCEL
email: aakono@illinois.edu
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801, USA

 SuN Lab@CEE investigates fracture in quasi-brittle materials from the macroscopic down to the nanometer length scale. Whether it be the presence of fractures in bridges and concrete buildings, the spreading of cracks in pavements, the early retrofitting of skyscrapers to reverse cracking, the premature failure of prosthesis and implants in biomedical applications or the propagation of kilometer-long hydraulic fractures in the source rock during energy-harvesting schemes, fracture is essentially a multi-scale phenomena.

Elucidating of the mechanics and physics of fracture of quasi brittle materials such porous materials, cementitious materials, rocks, gas shale and biological tissues is critical  To this end, we proceed using laser-precision experiments and advanced physics-based theoretical modelling deeply anchored in solid mechanics.

Gaining a fundamental understanding of the interplay between microstructure, composition and fracture resistance is essential to introduce a new design paradigm: design for toughness. The field of applications is wide including high performance construction materials, novel bio-inspired structural materials, and efficient and environment-friendly energy recovery schemes.