Staff Directory

Search AIT Staff

Noreen Morris

Lecturer in Chemistry

  • nmorris@ait.ie
  • Room: E2320
  • Building: Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science and Health

AIT 1989-1998 Lecturer Chemistry, AIT 1998 Acting HOD, 1998-1999 Acting Head of School, Lecturer Chemistry 1999-present.

1. Noreen Morris, Fashli Razak, Vlasta Chyzna, Alan Murphy, James Kennedy. An investigation into the effects of pH and material concentration on the morphology of Chitosan-Alginate microspheres prepared using an Ionic getalation technique. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Management, Vol.2 Issue 10, Oct 2017 13-23

2. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Gary Hessman, Brian Murphy, Donna Walther, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann, Simon D. Brandt. Analytical characterization and pharmacological evaluation of the new psychoactive substance 4-fluoromethylphenidate (4F-MPH) and differentiation between the (±)-threo and (±)-erythro diastereomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 347-357. DOI: 10.1002/dta.2167

3. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Donna Walther, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann, Simon D. Brandt. Synthesis, characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance mexedrone and its N-methoxy positional isomer, N-methoxymephedrone. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 358-368. DOI: 10.1002/dta.2053

4. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, Geraldine Dowling, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Harald H. Sitte, Simon D. Brandt. Test purchase, synthesis and characterization of 3-fluorophenmetrazine (3-FPM) and differentiation from its ortho- and para-substituted isomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 369-377. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1945.

5. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Geraldine Dowling, Simon D. Brandt. The synthesis and
characterisation of the ‘research chemical’ N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-pyrazole-5-carboxamide (3,5-AB-CHMFUPPYCA) and differentiation from its 5,3-regioisomer. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2016, 8, 920-929. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1864.

6. Morris Noreen, Hotta Maya, Kennedy James, Higginbotham Clem. Durum wheat seed germination response to hydrogel coatings under drought stress American Journal of agriculture and biological 2016 11 (2) 67-75.

7. Maya Hotta, James Kennedy, Clement Higginbotham and Noreen Morris. Development of seed coating agent with l-Carrageenan hydrogel for sustainable
agriculture. Irish Chemical News, Issue No. 3. July 2016.

8. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Simon P.Elliott, Jason Wallach, K. Hoang, Hamilton Morris, Simon D. Brandt. Test purchase, synthesis and characterization of 2-methoxydiphenidine (MXP) and differentiation from its meta- and para-substituted isomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2015, 8, 98-109. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1800.

9. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Geraldine Dowling, Olivia Mahony, Simon D. Brandt, Julian Patrick, Roland P. Archer, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann. Synthesis, characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance 3’,4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). Drug Testing and Analysis. 2014, 7, 555-564. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1732.

10. Morris Noreen, Mc Laughlin Gavin, Kavangh Pierce V., Wallace Jason, Power John D., Elliot Simon P., Mercier Marion S., Lodge David, Morris Hamilton, Dempster Nicol M, Brandt Simon D. Preparation and characterization of the “research chemical” diphenidine, its pyrrolidine analogue, and their 2,2-diphenylethyl isomers Drug testing and analysis. 5 270-276, 2014 Impact factor 3.276.

11. Morris Noreen, Hotta Maya, Kennedy James, Higginbotham Clem. Synthesis and characterisation of novel i-carrageenan hydrogel blends for agricultural seed coating application” Applied Mechanics and Materials. 679, 81-88, 2014.

12. Morris Noreen, McLaughlin Gavin, Kavanagh Pierce V., Power John D.,Twamley Brendan, O’Brien John, Talbot Brien, Dowling Geraldine, Mahony Olivia, Brandt Simon D., Patrick Julian, Archer Roland P., Partilla John S., Baumann Michael H. Synthesis characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance 3’4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). Drug Testing and Analysis. 2014 doi 10, 1002/dta, 1732.

13. Morris Noreen M., Stanczuk Andrzej, Gardner Elizabeth. Kavanagh Pierce. Identification of (2-aminopropyl) benzofuran (APB) phenyl ring positional isomers in internet products. Drug testing and analysis. 5 270-276 , 2013 Impact factor 3.276

Poster Presentations:

1. G. McLaughlin, N. Morris, P.V. Kavanagh Conference: Irish Society of Toxicology November 2017,
AIT.Analytical characterisation and pharmacological evaluation of the new psychoactive substance 4-fluoromethylphenidate (4F-MPH) and differentiation between the (±)-threo and (±)-erythro diastereomers.

2. Maya Hotta, James Kennedy, Clement Higginbotham and Noreen Morris. Development of seed coating agent with l-Carrageenan hydrogel for sustainable agriculture. Annual Institute of chemistry congress, June 2016

3. G. McLaughlin, N. Morris, P.V. Kavanagh, J.D. Power, B. Twamley, J. O’Brien, B. Talbot, G. Dowling, O. Mahony, S.D. Brandt, J. Patrick, R.A. Archer, J.S. Partilla and M.H. Baumann.Evaluation of the Monoamine Transporter Activities of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) 4,4’-dimethylaminorex (4,4’-DMAR) and 3’,4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). British Pharmacological Society Meeting December 2014.

4. M. Hotta, N. Morris, J. Kennedy and C. Higginbotham. Development of smart seed delivery systems using natural hydrogels. Malaysian conference AIT June 2013.


Lecturing on undergraduate courses in the following fields: 1989-Present

Synthetic Organic Chemistry;

Pharmaceutical Materials;

Pharmaceutical Spectroscopy;

Pharmaceutical Synthesis;

Analytical techniques;

Contemporary issues in pharmaceutical science;

Medical devices and advanced therapies.

External Examiner: Sligo IT- 2013-present Scifest co-ordinator: A.I.T. 2008-present

Institution Year of Admission Member Grade

Institute of Chemistry of Ireland 1986 M.I.C.I

Royal Society of Chemistry 1988 M.R.S.C.

Royal Society of Chemistry 1995 C.Chem.

  • Biography

    AIT 1989-1998 Lecturer Chemistry, AIT 1998 Acting HOD, 1998-1999 Acting Head of School, Lecturer Chemistry 1999-present.

  • Research & Consultancy

    1. Noreen Morris, Fashli Razak, Vlasta Chyzna, Alan Murphy, James Kennedy. An investigation into the effects of pH and material concentration on the morphology of Chitosan-Alginate microspheres prepared using an Ionic getalation technique. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research and Management, Vol.2 Issue 10, Oct 2017 13-23

    2. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Gary Hessman, Brian Murphy, Donna Walther, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann, Simon D. Brandt. Analytical characterization and pharmacological evaluation of the new psychoactive substance 4-fluoromethylphenidate (4F-MPH) and differentiation between the (±)-threo and (±)-erythro diastereomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 347-357. DOI: 10.1002/dta.2167

    3. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Donna Walther, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann, Simon D. Brandt. Synthesis, characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance mexedrone and its N-methoxy positional isomer, N-methoxymephedrone. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 358-368. DOI: 10.1002/dta.2053

    4. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, Geraldine Dowling, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Harald H. Sitte, Simon D. Brandt. Test purchase, synthesis and characterization of 3-fluorophenmetrazine (3-FPM) and differentiation from its ortho- and para-substituted isomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2017, 9, 369-377. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1945.

    5. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Geraldine Dowling, Simon D. Brandt. The synthesis and
    characterisation of the ‘research chemical’ N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-pyrazole-5-carboxamide (3,5-AB-CHMFUPPYCA) and differentiation from its 5,3-regioisomer. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2016, 8, 920-929. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1864.

    6. Morris Noreen, Hotta Maya, Kennedy James, Higginbotham Clem. Durum wheat seed germination response to hydrogel coatings under drought stress American Journal of agriculture and biological 2016 11 (2) 67-75.

    7. Maya Hotta, James Kennedy, Clement Higginbotham and Noreen Morris. Development of seed coating agent with l-Carrageenan hydrogel for sustainable
    agriculture. Irish Chemical News, Issue No. 3. July 2016.

    8. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Simon P.Elliott, Jason Wallach, K. Hoang, Hamilton Morris, Simon D. Brandt. Test purchase, synthesis and characterization of 2-methoxydiphenidine (MXP) and differentiation from its meta- and para-substituted isomers. Drug Testing and Analysis. 2015, 8, 98-109. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1800.

    9. Noreen Morris, Gavin McLaughlin, Pierce V. Kavanagh, John D. Power, Brendan Twamley, John O’Brien, Brian Talbot, Geraldine Dowling, Olivia Mahony, Simon D. Brandt, Julian Patrick, Roland P. Archer, John S. Partilla, Michael H. Baumann. Synthesis, characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance 3’,4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). Drug Testing and Analysis. 2014, 7, 555-564. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1732.

    10. Morris Noreen, Mc Laughlin Gavin, Kavangh Pierce V., Wallace Jason, Power John D., Elliot Simon P., Mercier Marion S., Lodge David, Morris Hamilton, Dempster Nicol M, Brandt Simon D. Preparation and characterization of the “research chemical” diphenidine, its pyrrolidine analogue, and their 2,2-diphenylethyl isomers Drug testing and analysis. 5 270-276, 2014 Impact factor 3.276.

    11. Morris Noreen, Hotta Maya, Kennedy James, Higginbotham Clem. Synthesis and characterisation of novel i-carrageenan hydrogel blends for agricultural seed coating application” Applied Mechanics and Materials. 679, 81-88, 2014.

    12. Morris Noreen, McLaughlin Gavin, Kavanagh Pierce V., Power John D.,Twamley Brendan, O’Brien John, Talbot Brien, Dowling Geraldine, Mahony Olivia, Brandt Simon D., Patrick Julian, Archer Roland P., Partilla John S., Baumann Michael H. Synthesis characterization and monoamine transporter activity of the new psychoactive substance 3’4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). Drug Testing and Analysis. 2014 doi 10, 1002/dta, 1732.

    13. Morris Noreen M., Stanczuk Andrzej, Gardner Elizabeth. Kavanagh Pierce. Identification of (2-aminopropyl) benzofuran (APB) phenyl ring positional isomers in internet products. Drug testing and analysis. 5 270-276 , 2013 Impact factor 3.276

    Poster Presentations:

    1. G. McLaughlin, N. Morris, P.V. Kavanagh Conference: Irish Society of Toxicology November 2017,
    AIT.Analytical characterisation and pharmacological evaluation of the new psychoactive substance 4-fluoromethylphenidate (4F-MPH) and differentiation between the (±)-threo and (±)-erythro diastereomers.

    2. Maya Hotta, James Kennedy, Clement Higginbotham and Noreen Morris. Development of seed coating agent with l-Carrageenan hydrogel for sustainable agriculture. Annual Institute of chemistry congress, June 2016

    3. G. McLaughlin, N. Morris, P.V. Kavanagh, J.D. Power, B. Twamley, J. O’Brien, B. Talbot, G. Dowling, O. Mahony, S.D. Brandt, J. Patrick, R.A. Archer, J.S. Partilla and M.H. Baumann.Evaluation of the Monoamine Transporter Activities of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) 4,4’-dimethylaminorex (4,4’-DMAR) and 3’,4’-methylenedioxy-4-methylaminorex (MDMAR). British Pharmacological Society Meeting December 2014.

    4. M. Hotta, N. Morris, J. Kennedy and C. Higginbotham. Development of smart seed delivery systems using natural hydrogels. Malaysian conference AIT June 2013.


  • Teaching Experience

    Lecturing on undergraduate courses in the following fields: 1989-Present

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry;

    Pharmaceutical Materials;

    Pharmaceutical Spectroscopy;

    Pharmaceutical Synthesis;

    Analytical techniques;

    Contemporary issues in pharmaceutical science;

    Medical devices and advanced therapies.

  • Interests & Professional Development
    External Examiner: Sligo IT- 2013-present Scifest co-ordinator: A.I.T. 2008-present
  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

    Institution Year of Admission Member Grade

    Institute of Chemistry of Ireland 1986 M.I.C.I

    Royal Society of Chemistry 1988 M.R.S.C.

    Royal Society of Chemistry 1995 C.Chem.