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Meet Dr. Scott Morris

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

Dr. Scott Morris is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at East Texas Baptist University, where he teaches Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemistry Techniques, and other General Education science courses. Prior to joining the ETBU family, he worked as a Process Development Chemist at a custom chemical manufacturing plant in South Carolina. Additionally, he taught Organic Chemistry I online through the University of New England's Science Prerequisites for Health Professions program. Dr. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University (2010) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas (2016). Dr. Morris is also a current member of the American Chemical Society and his research interests are in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, specifically in the formation of carbon-nitrogen bonds using visible light photochemistry and its application to alkaloid synthesis. His publications include a book chapter in "Visible Light Photocatalysis in Organic Chemistry" titled "Visible Light Mediated Cycloaddition Reactions" (2018, published by Wiley), "The Prowess of Photogenerated Amine Radical Cations in Cascade Reactions: From Carbocycles to Heterocycles" (2016 in Accounts of Chemical Research), "Diastereoselective C-N/C-O and C-N/C-N Bond Formation Tandems Initiated by Visible Light: Synthesis of Fused N-Arylindolines" (2015 in Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis), and was a coauthor in "Intermolecular [3+2] Annulation of Cyclopropylanilines with Alkynes, Enynes, and Diynes via Visible Light Photocatalysis" (2014 in Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis). Dr. Morris is passionate about integrating faith and learning and desires that all students have the opportunity to see the glory of God in creation while studying science.