Dr. Hui Cong and the Doctoral Examination Committee

Congratulations to Dr. Hui Cong!!!

On Monday, February 2, Dr. Hui Cong successfully passed her PhD oral exam! Her dissertation topic focused on the ‘Studies of Barbed Surgical Sutures Associated with Materials, Anchoring Performance and Histology.’

Members of the Doctoral Examining Committee consisted of: Dr. Martin W. King, Dr. Richard Kotek, Dr. Gregory L. Ruff, Dr. Jacqueline H. Cole, Dr. Simon C. Roe, and Dr. Duncan X. Lascelles. They complimented on the clarity of her presentation and her ability to respond with confidence to the wide variety of questions that were asked!

This is a huge achievement in her life, and the College of Textiles is very proud of her! We have no doubt that Dr. Cong will continue to succeed in the future! Read More


Congratulations to Runqian Zhang!!

Congratulations to Runqian Zhang for receiving an Honorable mention from the Society For Biomaterials!

Her abstract: ‘In Vitro Accelerated Fatigue Study of Chimney Stent-grafts Deployed in a Patient’s Aortic Aneurysm Phantom’ was nominated for excellence and will be presented at the Society For Biomaterials’ 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11-14. We are proud of you! 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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