Fan Zhao and his winning poster

Congratulations to Fan Zhao!!!

At the Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting on April 11-14, Fan Zhao was selected for the ‘Second Place Poster Award’ from the Cardiovascular Biomaterials Special Interest Group of the Society for Biomaterials!

His presentation was about the fabrication and evaluation of novel bioresorbable cardiovascular stent with poly(p-dioxanone) and polycaprolactone, as well as braiding technique for reinforcing mechanical properties and behavior. Fan also used finite element analysis to analyze the deformation mechanisms.

Congratulations Fan! We are very proud of you! Read More

Fan Zhang and the examining committee

Congratulations to Fan Zhang!!!

On Friday, April 20, Fan Zhang passed the oral examination for her Master of Science in Textile Engineering degree with a minor in Biomedical Engineering!

She really impressed the members of her examining committee (Dr. Ke Cheng, Dr. Susan Bernacki, Dr. Sonja Salmon, and Dr. King) with a very clear oral presentation, and answered the judges’ many questions with well thought out and knowledgeable responses.

Fan is the very first person to use knitted collagen yarns in a vascular tissue engineering scaffold…Read More


BMT’s Journey to the SFB Annual Meeting!

On Wednesday-Saturday, April 11-14 at Atlanta, Georgia, members of the BMT Research Group partook in the Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting!

Members of the BMT Research Group presented at the conference to a large multidisciplinary audience composed of professionals from academic, business, government, healthcare, etc. fields… Read More


Medical Textiles, also referred to as Bio-Medical Textiles, is a new and one of the fastest growing fields of the textile industry. This field studies how the latest polymers, fibers and textile structures can be used to design advanced products for applications outside as well as inside the human body.

Dr. Martin King, professor of textiles at NC State and an expert in biotextiles, defines the term “biotextiles” to include structures composed of textile fibers designed for use in specific biological environments where their performance depends on biocompatibility and biostability with cells and biological fluids. Biotextiles include devices implanted in the body, such as surgical sutures, hernia repair fabrics, arterial grafts, artificial skin, and parts of artificial hearts.

Medical textiles, on the other hand, include everything from bandages, wound dressings, and splints to orthotic devices and clothing used for rehabilitation. Hospital linens, barrier fabrics, protective clothing, and operating room scrubs are also medical textile products.


The field of Bio-Medical Textiles covers a large number of application areas. Bio-Medical textiles include textile products that are used to:

Improve health and wellness Maintain comfort and hygiene Treat an external injury
Replace damaged tissue with implantable prosthesis Prevent an injury Prevent infection
Surgical aids Deliver a drug Grow new tissue


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