2019

Our paper on “A review of geo-chemical-mechanical impacts in geological carbon storage reservoirs” is accepted for publication in the  Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology journal.

Our paper “Geochemical and geomechanical alteration of Mount Simon reservoir rock by CO2-saturated brine following carbon sequestration” is accepted for publication in the  International Journal for Greenhouse Gas Control.

Our paper on “Influence of pore structure on the strength behavior of geopolymer composites” is accepted for publication in the  Cement and Concrete Composites journal.

Our paper on “Alteration of the fracture behavior in host rock during CO2 geological sequestration” is published in the FraMCos-X conference proceedings.

The Akono group is awarded an NSF GOALI grant to study the cyclic failure of aluminosilicate nanocomposites. NU Press coverage here.

Prof. Akono wins Searle Faculty Fellowship for 2019-2020.

Akono group is awarded a United Kingdom Royal Society International Exchange Award in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.

Our paper on “Microscopic assessment of bone toughness using scratch tests” makes it to the list of the top cited papers of the  Bone Reports journal for 2018.

Prof. Akono is awarded a travel grant by the United Kingdom Royal Society to give an invited talk at the UK Royal Society Discussion Meeting celebrating the 100th anniversary of Griffith’s work.

2018

Prof. Akono gives an invited talk at the 42nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL.

Our paper on “Intrinsic mechanical properties of calcium aluminate crystals via the linear comparison composite method coupled with nanoindentation” is accepted for publication in  Mechanics of Materials.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at Stanford University.

Our paper on “Friction and fracture characteristics of engineered crumb-rubber concrete at microscopic lengthscale” is accepted for publication in the  Journal of Construction and Building Materials.

Prof. Akono is a Panel Speaker at the Plenary Session on “The future of Engineering Education: Practitioners and Academics” at the 2018 Structures Congress, Forth Worth, TX.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the University of Houston.

Our paper on “Fluid-rock reactions in Mt. Simon sandstone at microscopic length-scale” is published in the American Rock Mechanics Association 2018 Conference Proceedings.

Our paper on “modeling CO2-induced alterations in Mt. Simon sandstone via nanomechanics” is accepted for publication in  Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

Our paper on “Influence of geochemistry on toughening behavior of organic-rich shale” is accepted for publication in Acta Geotecnica.

2017

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.

Our paper on “Microstructure-toughness relationships in calcium aluminate cement/polymer composites using instrumented scratch testing” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials Science.

Prof. Akono gives is a keynote speaker for the Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern University workshop.

Our paper on “Rate-independent fracture toughness of grey and black kerogen-rich shales” is accepted for publication in Acta Geotecnica.

The Akono group moves to Northwestern University.

The Akono group wins an NSF grant award to study strong and multifunctional geopolymer composites across multiple lengthscales.

Our paper on “Microscopic toughness of viscous solids via scratching: from amorphous polymers to gas shale” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana, IL.

Our paper on “Reply to ‘Discussion on the Fracture mechanics interpretation of the scratch test by Akono et al.‘ ” is accepted for publication in the Engineering Fracture Mechanics  journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited talk at the GSCO2 annual Review Meeting, Urbana, IL.

Our paper on “Fracture properties of the alkali silicate gel using microscopic scratch testing” is accepted for publication in the Cement and Concrete Composites journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the 42nd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, FL.

Our paper on “Microscopic assessment of bone toughness using scratch tests” is accepted for publication in  Bone Reports.

2016

Our paper on “Energetic size effect law at the microscopic scale: application to progressive-load scratch testing” is accepted for publication in the  Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at Northwestern University.

Our paper on “Microscopic fracture characterization of gas shale via scratch testing” is accepted or publication in the  Mechanics Research Communications journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the Prairie Institute, Urbana, IL.

Prof. Akono gives an invited talk at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Prof. Akono receives the ASCE New faces of Civil Engineering -Professional award. Full story here. UIUC CEE news release here.

Prof. Akono is awarded the National Center for Supercomputing Application Fellowship. Full story here.

Our paper on “Shallow and deep scratch tests as powerful alternatives to assess the fracture properties of quasi-brittle materials” is accepted for publication in the  Engineering Fracture Mechanics journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at Johns Hopkins University.

2015

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at Northwestern University.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the University of California – Los Angeles.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Research  & Development Center (CERL), IL, USA.

Our paper on “Micromechanics-based lower bounds on the macroscopic fracture toughness of microparticulate composites” is accepted for publication in the Engineering Fracture Mechanics journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.

Our paper on “Nano-chemo-mechanical signature of conventional oilwell cement systems: effects of elevated temperature and curing time” is accepted for publication in the Cement and Concrete Research journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited seminar at the Ecole des Ponts -ParisTech, Paris, France.

2014

Our paper on “An improved technique for characterizing the fracture toughness via scratch test experiments” is accepted for publication in  Wear.

Our paper on “Discussion: Strength-to-fracture scaling in scratching” is accepted for publication in the Engineering Fracture Mechanics  journal.

Prof. Akono gives an invited talk in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.