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Trevor Page has had academic careers in both Cambridge and Newcastle Universities, teaching and researching in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Crystallography and Materials Engineering & Design. He has held visiting research positions in the USA (primarily Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Penn State Universities) and has published widely in the scientific literature (circa 200 papers, reaching the top 10% of cited publishers in the Web of Science (ISI) listings). In Cambridge, he was also Foundation Fellow of Robinson College.
His research activities have centred on understanding materials properties in terms of microstructures and process path, characterising materials at scales relevant to critical properties and understanding the nanoscale mechanical properties of materials and how (and why) they differ from the bulk. This work has involved measuring the mechanical properties of very small volumes of materials, especially thin-film-coated systems, developing high-resolution microscopies to characterise critical property-controlling features (e.g. grain boundaries), and new ceramic materials (“how do brittle ceramic surfaces provide wear resistance?”). A primary research technique has been ultra-low-load indentation (“nanoindentation”). In July 2014, he was an invited speaker at the international conference, NANO30 in Salem Mass., celebrating 30 years of NanoIndentation and his contribution to that while in 2017 he gave the plenary address to NanoBrucken 2017 (European Nanomechanical Testing Conference (Manchester).
In Newcastle, he spent 8 years as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, overseeing the University’s research strategy, the RAE submissions in 2001 & 2008 and the successful bid to HEFCE for a North East Beacon for Public Engagement. He was a founding member of the Russell Group Universities’ Research Strategy Group and the ‘N8’ Northern Science Initiative.
In 2008, took early retirement from the Cookson Group Chair of Materials Engineering which he had held since 1987. He continues to be a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for process Innovation (CPI), having also been a Director of Newcastle University’s ‘Ideas’ Bank’ (NUIB) in Singapore. He is a Trustee of the Newcastle Bach Choir and a former Trustee of the Brinkburn Music Festival.
He has published and lectured extensively and is a regular conference invited speaker in Europe and the USA. He was the first non-US Chairman of the Gordon Conference on Tribology in 2004, is a frequent poster-session Chair at the Gordon Conference on Thin Film & Small Scale Mechanical Properties (2008-2014), has broadcast for Radio 4 and the World Service (including the first engineering series ‘The Works’) and often gives lectures helping the public understanding of Science and Technology.
Professor Page has served on a number of national and international editorial advisory boards, on various Committees for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the DTI and, for 20 years, was an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) for MoD. He was also the first Chair of the Steering Group for the EPSRC IDC in Nano and Micromaterials at the University of Surrey.
He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2007 (serving on the Membership and Public Policy Committees) and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by Cambridge University in 2012.