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Martin Bide

  • Professor
  • Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Quinn Hall, Rm 311
  • Phone: 401.874.2276
  • Email: mbide@uri.edu


After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Bradford, Martin spent five years in the UK dyestuff industry before beginning his academic career at UMass Dartmouth in 1981.  He joined the faculty of URI’s Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design in 1991 where he teaches courses in Textile Science, Color Science, Dyeing, and Textile Testing.

Martin received the 2011 Olney Medal of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists for “achievement in textile chemistry” He is also active in the administration of AATCC, serving as its president in 2007 and 2008.  Previously he has chaired AATCC committees on Applied Dyeing Theory, Safety, Health and Environmental Technology, and served as the Association’s New England Regional Vice President. He was recently appointed editor-in-chief of the AATCC Journal of Research.


His background in dyes and textiles led to research in pollution prevention for the textile industry, which in turn has enabled him to contribute to the current debates on sustainability.  A further spin-off from dyes and textiles is an extensive series of projects involving the development of novel biomedical materials in conjunction with BioSurfaces, Inc. of Ashland, MA, resulting in four patents.  Martin also enjoys the occasional foray into textile dyeing history, and dye analysis.


  • Ph.D., University of Bradford (UK), 1979
  • B. Tech (Hons), Colour Chemistry and Colour Technnology, University of Bradford (UK), 1974


M. J. Bide. “Sustainability: a big picture” AATCC Review Vol. 13 No 4 (Jul/Aug 2013) 41-46

M. J. Bide. “Testing Textile Durability”, (Chapter 7) in Understanding and improving the durability of textiles, Edited by P. Annis, Woodhead, UK, 2012

M. J. Bide, M.D. Phaneuf, T.M. Phaneuf, P.J. Brown, “Controlled Drug Release from Nanofibrous Polyester Materials” Chapter 22 of Medical and Healthcare Textiles, edited by S.C. Anand, M. Miraftab and S Rajendran. Woodhead, UK, 2010

M J Bide. A Bachuwar, M Phaneuf, T Phaneuf P Aggarwal, K Sousa and F LoGerfo “Fiber-Antibiotic Interactions in the Development of Infection-Resistant Sutures” AATCC Review Vol.7 No 9 (September 2007) p44

M. J. Bide, Environmentally responsible application of textile dyes, (Chapter 4) in Environmental aspects of textile dyeing, Edited by R Christie, Woodhead, UK, 2007

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