BMT Research Group

Welcome to Dr. Martin King’s BioMedical Textiles Research Group!

Congratulations Dr. Martin W. King!!

Martin W. King, professor of textiles at NC State, received a “Life-time Achievement Award” at the MedTex17 Banquet for his contributions to biomedical textiles. This special award honors Dr. King’s commitment to studying, developing and evaluating biomedical textiles for the last 30 or more years…

The following members of our BMT Group also won awards at the MedTex17 International Conference at Donghua University. Congratulations to: Hui Cong, Yihan Huang, Radhika Vaid, Xiaoqi (Suki) Tang… Read More

Hui Cong (4th from right) receiving the MedTex17 Award for her Outstanding Oral Presentation at Donghua University, Shanghai, China on May 19th 2017

What is Bio-Medical Textiles?

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