Dr. Bipin Kumar graduated from The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, with a PhD in Textile Engineering in 2013. Currently, he is appointed as Assistant Professor in The Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi, India. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, he was working as Research Assistant Professor (2016-2017) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He also served as a cultural ambassador (2014-2016) to USA at The University of California Davis via the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship program. He is the first recipient from India to be selected for the Fulbright Postdoctoral Program (2013) in the field of textiles.

His main research focuses on smart fibrous/polymeric materials and related fabric structures. He has over 30 publications in leading refereed SCI journals of materials, textiles and medical fields, 2 patents, 2 authored books, 10 book chapters, and over 20 conference proceedings. He holds editorial membership of 3 international referred journals including JEFF, FTEE and CTFTTE. His unique experience and publications in medical compression research (e.g., bandage, stocking) have been well acknowledged among his peers. For his contribution to the field, he is awarded an ACP outstanding material scientist from the American College of Phlebology in the field of Phlebology. Additionally, he is associated with several medical professional societies including American College of Phlebology (ACP), USA, and International Compression Club (ICC), Austria.

With his research outcomes and achievements in textiles, he was selected as the member of advisory council of the Techtextil North America Symposium 2016, a major professional platform focusing on latest technological development and international industry trends in textiles. Currently, he is engaged in research and development of functional textiles for several engineering and medical applications. Major efforts are underway to commercialize these innovations for various innovative fabric products.



  • Fabric Engineering :
    Woven and Knitted Structures, 3-D Textiles, Structure-Property Relationship
  • Functional Textiles :
    Multi-functional Textiles and Composites, Stimulus Responsive Polymers and Filaments, Stress Memory Textiles
  • Medical Textiles :
    Pressure Garments, Compression Stocking, Compression Bandage
  • Textile/Polymer Physics and Mechanics :
    Polymer Physics and Rheology, Thermo-mechanical Analysis, Shape Memory Analysis, Structural Mechanics



  • Fabric Manufacturing and Engineering :
    Principle of weaving, shuttle and shuttle-less looms, weave analysis, warp and weft knitting, basic weft and warp knitted constructions, etc.
  • Theory of Textile Structures and Mechanics :
    Geometrical models, crimp interchange, mechanical properties, fabric’s shear, bending, tensile, buckling performance, polymer physics, etc.
  • Functional Textiles :
    Stimuli sensitive polymers, phase change materials, smart textiles, textile with high protection and comfort properties, solar textiles, photochromic and thermo-chromic (chameleonic) fabrics, etc.



  • Smart Medical Bandage for Functional Compression Management 

    Principal investigator:Bipin Kumar
    Sponsoring Agency:Department of Science and Technology (DST), INDIA
    Start Year:2017
    End Year:2022

  • Investigation and Development of Smart Compression Bandaging System

    Principal investigator:Bipin Kumar
    Sponsoring Agency:United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF), USA-INDIA
    Start Year:2014
    End Year:2016

  • Fundamental Study of Stress Memory and its Application in Smart Compression Stockings using Memory Polymer Filaments

    Principal investigator:Jinlian Hu
    Co. Investigator:Bipin Kumar, Prof. Young Robert Joseph
    Sponsoring Agency:University Grants Committee (UGC), Hong Kong
    Start Year:2016
    End Year:2019

  • A Smart Bandage for Chronic Venous Ulcers

    Principal investigator:Bipin Kumar
    Sponsoring Agency:Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Start Year:2016
    End Year:2017



Editorial Board Member :

  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), USA, 2019-current
  • Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, USA, 2016-current
  • Fibres & Textiles in Eastern Europe, Poland, 2016-current
  • Advance Research in Textile Engineering, USA, 2016-current
  • Current Trends in Fashion Technology & Textile Engineering, USA, 2016-current
  • Journal of Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology, USA, 2017 – current

Membership of Professional Societies :

  • Techtextil North America, USA, 2015-2016
  • American College of Phlebology (ACP), USA, 2014-2015
  • Fiber Society, USA, 2016-2017
  • International Compression Club (ICC), Austria, 2013-current

Organizational Responsibilities :

  • Session Chair, Textile Summit 2017, NC State University, USA (2017)
  • Organizing Committee Member, Techtextil North America Symposium, USA (2015-2016).
  • Organizing Committee Member, Postdoctoral Research Symposium, UC Davis, USA (2015-2016).



  • Hu, J., Kumar, B., Jianping, H., Wu, Y., Zhao, Y, Narayana, H. (2015): For stress- memory polymer materials and intelligent pressure device. Filling Number: 201510037396.1, Filing date: 2015/01/23, China.
  • Hu, J., Kumar, B. (2014): Species based on the shape memory material intelligent compression system. Filing Number: 201410190599X, Filing date: 2014/05/07m China.
  • Kumar, B., Pan, N., Hu, J. (2015): Methods and smart devices for body pressure release and modulation. UC Case No. 2015-237-1; Record of Invention, USA.



Keynote Speech :

  • Kumar B. (2017): Stress memory textiles for medical compression. Invited speaker in Textile Summit 2017, NC State, Raleigh, NC, USA, March 21-22.
  • Kumar B. (2016): Shape memory textiles for functional compression management. Invited speaker in ICC conference on Innovations in Compression Therapy, Florence, Italy, Sep 25.
  • Kumar B. (2016): Stress control in textiles and its smart functions. Invited speaker in Techtextil North America 2016 Symposium at Atlanta, Georgia, USA, May 3-5.
  • Kumar B. (2015): A novel engineering solution for smart compression therapy management using shape memory polymers. Invited speaker in Medtex15 USA Conference at Raleigh, NC, USA, Sep 8-9.
  • Kumar B. (2015): Smart shape memory system for compression management. Invited speaker in Techtextil North America 2015 Symposium at Houstan, TX, USA, June 2-4.

Selected International Conferences :

  • Kumar, B., Pan, N. (2015): A smart orthopedic device using stress memory polymer for static and dynamic compression. Proceedings of The Fiber Society Fall 2015 Conference at Raleigh, NC, USA, Oct 28-30.
  • Kumar, B., Hu, J., Pan, N. (2014): Development of shape-memory stocking for smart compression management. Proceedings of The Fiber Society Fall 2014 Conference at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Oct 22-24.
  • Kumar, B., Hu, J. (2014): Development of smart compression stocking for management of venous leg ulcers. Proceedings of 14th AUTEX World Textile Conference at Bursa, Turkey, May 26-28.
  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B., Shang, S. (2016): Stress memory polymers: A novel approach towards constituent analysis and implication in smart compression stockings. Paper presented in The 20th HKSTAM Annual Conference, HK, Apr 9.
  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B. (2016): Smart compression stocking: Implication of novel stress memory behavior using smart polymeric material. Paper presented in Textile Summit and Postgraduate Student Conference, PolyU, HK, Jun 28-30.



  • UCD Award for Postdoctoral Research Excellence - Bipin Kumar :
    The research focuses on biomedical applications of memory polymers. The research proposed the mechanisms in stress memory behavior in polymers that may lead to new science in soft materials and polymers. The immediate application of such polymers is for medical chronic venous disorders for functional compression therapy.
  • Vasomed News - "Effectiveness in phlebology - Smart compression stockings with memory polymer for chronic venous diseases" :
    The research exploits the potentials of smart polymeric filaments in compression stocking for customized size fitting and pressure control.
    Effectiveness in Phlebology: Smart compression stockings with memory polymer for chronic venous diseases
  • Highlights in Annals of Vascular Medicine and Research - "Innovation in Compression Therapy for Chronic Venous Insufficiency - Smart Textile " :
    This research introduces a novel application of smart memory fabric for the compression management. The smart textile could offer multi-functionalities including self-controlled pressure adjustment at selective sites, dynamic massaging compression as well as heating therapy.
  • Chemistry World News - "Stressed polymers give calf massages" :
    After deforming, triggers such as heat or light return shape memory polymers to their original shape. In a similar way, stress memory polymers can store stress, which is retrieved by heating. This behavior means that these smart fibers have great potential for use in compression stockings for dynamic massage effect.




Authored Book :

  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2013): Science of compression bandage. Woodhead Publishing India Ltd., ISBN: 9781782422686.

Book Editor / Section Editor :

  • Kumar, B. (2016): Textiles for Advanced Applications. InTech Open Access Publisher, ISBN 9789535154297 (under preparation).
  • Kumar, B. (2016): Handbook of Fibrous Materials, 2 Vol. (Edited by Hu, J). WILEY VCH Publishing Ltd (under preparation).

Edited Book Chapters :

  • Kumar, B., Hu. J. (2017): Fabric structure and properties: in Engineering of high-performance textiles (Edited by Miao, M., Xin, J.), Woodhead Publishing, ISBN 9780081018859.
  • Kumar, B., Pan N., Hu. J. (2015): Shape memory compression system for management of chronic venous disorders: in Smart Textiles and Their Applications (Edited by Koncar, V), Woodhead Publishing Series, ISBN 9780081005835.
  • Kumar, B. (2015): Nonwoven padding for compression management: in Non-woven Fabrics (Edited by Jeon, H), InTech Open Access Publisher, ISBN 9789535145868.
  • Kumar, B. (2014):‘Chapter 1 - Shape-memory polymers’‘Chapter 3 - Shape memory polymer composites’‘Chapter 5 - Shape memory polymers sensitive to different stimuli’‘Chapter 6 - Modeling of shape memory polymers’‘Chapter 7 -Supramolecular shape memory polymers’‘Chapter 8 -Applications of shape memory polymer’‘Chapter 9 -Future outlook’; in Shape Memory Polymers: Fundamentals, Advances and Applications (Edited by Hu, J), Smithers Rapra, United Kingdom, ISBN 9781909030329.

Selected Journal Papers :

  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B., Shang, S., Ying, M., & Young, R. J. (2018). Designing of advanced smart medical stocking using stress-memory polymeric filaments for pressure control and massaging. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 91, pp. 263-273. (I.F. - 5.08)
  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B., Shang, S., Han, J., Liu, P., Lin, T., Ji, F.L., Zhu, Y. (2017): Stress-memory polymeric filaments for advanced compression therapy. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 5 (10), 1905-1916. (I.F. - 4.776)
  • Kumar, B., Hu, J., Pan, N., Narayana, H. (2016): Investigation and designing of an orthopaedics device using stress memory actuator for smart compression. Materials and Design, 97, pp. 222-29. (I.F. - 4.525)
  • Kumar, B., Hu, J., Pan, N. (2016): Smart medical stocking using memory polymer for chronic venous disorders. Biomaterials,75, pp. 174–181. (Impact Factor: 8.387)
  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B., Shang, S., Han, J., Liu, P., Lin, T., Ji, F.L., Zhu, Y. (2017): Stress-memory polymeric filaments for advanced compression therapy. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 5 (10), 1905-1916. (Impact Factor: 4.872)
  • Kumar, B., Hu, J., Pan, N., Narayana, H. (2016): Investigation and designing of an orthopaedics device using stress memory actuator for smart compression. Materials and Design, 97, pp. 222-29. (Impact Factor: 3.997)
  • Narayana, H., Hu, J., Kumar, B., Shang, S. (2016): Constituent Analysis of Stress Memory in Semi-crystalline polyurethane. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 15, pp. 941-947. (Impact Factor: 3.830)
  • Kumar, B., Singh, J., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2015): Comfort and compressional characteristics of padding bandages. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 57, pp. 215-221. (Impact Factor: 3.420)
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Pan, N., Alagirusamy, R., Gupta, R., Singh, J. (2015): Liquid transmission characteristics of padding bandages under pressure. Journal of Biomaterials Applications, 30(5), pp. 589-598. (Impact Factor: 2.764)
  • Hu, J., Kumar, B., Narayana, H. (2015): Stress memory polymers. Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 53(13), pp. 893-898. (Impact Factor: 3.830)
  • Wu, Y., Hu, J., Zhang, C., Han, J., Wang, Y., Kumar, B. (2015): A facile approach to fabricate a UV/heat dual-responsive triple shape memory polymer. Journal of Material Chemistry A, 3(1), pp. 97-100. (Impact Factor: 8.262)
  • Chattopadhyay, R., Kumar, B., Barik, P. (2015): Rheological model for compression of spacer fabrics. Fibers and Polymers, 16(7), pp. 1554-1561.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2014): Effect of material and structure of compression bandage on interface pressure variation over time. Phlebology, 29(6), pp. 376-385.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., (2014): Design and development of computerized wicking tester for longitudinal wicking in fibrous assemblies. Journal of the Textile Institute, 105(8), pp. 850-859.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Singh, P.A., (2014): Studies on elastane-cotton core-spun stretch yarns and fabrics: Part III- Comfort characteristics. Indian Journal of Fibre & Textile Research, 39(3), pp. 282-289.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2013): Study of the effect of composition and construction of material on sub-bandage pressure during dynamic loading of a limb in vitro. Biorheology, 50(1), pp. 83-94.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2012): Analysis of sub-bandage pressure of compression bandages during exercise. Journal of Tissue Viability, 21(4), pp. 115-124.
  • Kumar, B., Das, A., Alagirusamy, R. (2012): An approach to determine pressure profile generated by compression bandage using quasi-linear viscoelastic model. ASME – Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(9), pp. 094501.


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