Omar Cherkaoui has a doctorate in chemistry since 1996 at the University Claude Bernard of Lyon. He has been a professor-researcher at ESITH since 1997. His subjects cover textile chemistry, textile finishing, polymer chemistry and unconventional "technical textiles" textiles. Since 2009, he has been in charge of the textile research laboratory "REMTEX".
Currently he’s R & D Director at ESITH since 2015. He is responsible and member of the organizing committee of the ITMC International Conference on intelligent Textiles and Mass Customization. He is an expert in finishing, wastewater treatment, resource efficiency, management and recovery of textile waste, engineering, laboratory design and testing, chemical risks and technical auditor of ISO 17027 testing and inspection laboratories.
His scientific research focuses on the functionalization of textile fibers and the valorization of natural fibers and textile waste into products with high added value and in development of advanced textile materials. His scientific output is over 180 publications in indexed journals and 30 patents at different levels national, international and regional.