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Dr. Eric Hequet

(806) 834-0621

Horn Professor and Chair
J.A. Love Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture

Department of Plant and Soil Science
Bayer Plant Science, Room 122C
2911 15th Street

MS 42122
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122


  • H.D.R. (Habilitation à diriger des recherches, required diploma to be full Professor in Europe) in Engineering Sciences, Université de Haute Alsace (France), December 2004.
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Université de Haute Alsace (France), October 2003.
  • DEA (Diploma of Applied Advanced Studies) in Plants Genetics, Orsay, Paris XI (France), 1982.
  • Maîtrise (Master of Sciences) in Genetics, Orsay, Paris XI (France), 1980.
  • DEUG G (Diploma of Higher Education) in Chemistry-Physiology, Orsay, Paris XI (France), 1978.


  • French, native language
  • English, fluent
  • Spanish, read

Personal Information:

I am Chair and Professor of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University (TTU). I hold a Ph.D. and a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from the University of Haute Alsace in France. Before joining TTU, my experience progressed from cotton breeding at experiment stations in Africa, to head of CIRAD’s Cotton Technology Laboratory in Montpellier - France, to Director of the international cotton program for CIRAD.

I generated 84 refereed journal publications, 2 books, 8 book chapters, more than 200 conference papers, 3 patents, 2 provisional patent, and 1 invention disclosure. Table 1 shows the journals in which I am publishing my work as well as the 2011 Thompson Reuters impact factors. To put these rankings into context, Cellulose and Textile Research Journal are ranked first and third respectively (out of 21) in the Materials Science, Textiles category while Industrial Crops and Products and Crop Science are ranked 11th and 20th respectively (out of 79) in the Agronomy category. My h-index is 11 based on Web of Knowledge and 17 based on Google Scholar.

Table 1. Impact Factors 2011
Journal Title Impact factor 2011 (Thompson Reuters)
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Agronomy Journal
Applied Engineering in Agriculture
Applied Spectroscopy
Crop Science
IEEE on Industry Applications
Industrial Crops and Products
Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Journal of Electronic Imaging
Journal of Plant Registration
Optical Engineering
Textile Research Journal
Thermochemica Acta

For many years, I have provided international leadership in research on the measurement of cotton fiber properties and contaminants, including the impacts of these on textile processing performance. I am currently focused on collaborative research with the cotton breeding and cotton biotechnology community to develop improved properties in cotton fibers.

I have been PI or Co-PI on 10 funded projects during the period 1992-1997 in France, totaling $2,381,897. I joined Texas Tech University in November 1997, since this date I have been PI or Co-PI on more than 200 funded projects totaling $23,698,102 ($7,420,414 credited to me at TTU). I am teaching the following graduate courses, “Advanced Studies in Cotton Fibers” at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University, and “US and Global Cotton Fiber – Textile Industries” and “Seminar” at Texas Tech University. I am member of the International Committee on Testing Methods, International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Committee on Cotton Quality Measurements (United States Department of Agriculture), and the Fiber Society. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cotton Science and manuscript reviewer for Textile Research Journal, Transactions of the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), Journal of Electronic Imaging, Agronomy Journal, Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, Journal of the Textile Institute, Journal of Industrial Textiles, and Crop Science.

Research Interests:

  • Develop new and/or improved testing methods for cotton.
  • Collaborative research with the cotton breeding and cotton biotechnology community to develop improved properties in cotton fibers.


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