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Zhaohua Dai

Associate Director

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry and Physical Sciences

  • @New York City
    One Pace Plaza W314


Zhaohua Dai obtained his B.S. in 1996 from Wuhan University, the namesake of the capital city of his home province of Hubei in central China. After getting his M.S. in 1999 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, he was admitted to New York University, where he received his Ph.D in chemistry in 2004. After a postdoctoral stint with Prof. David S. Lawrence at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he joined Pace University as an assistant professor in January, 2006. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2010 and to Professor in 2013. His research interests include the development of sensing systems for analytes that are of environmental, biological and forensic importance.


PhD, New York University, New York, 2004

MS, New York University, New York, 2001

MS, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 1999

BS, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 1996

Awards and Honors

Yilida Corporation, Hong Kong, September 1997 - Yilida Fellowship
Wuhan University, July 1, 1996 - Outstanding Graduate
Wang and Luo Family through Wuhan University, September 1995 - Wang and Luo Fellowship
Huikai Corporation through Wuhan University, September 1994 - Huikai Fellowship
Wuhan University, September 1993 - Wuhan University Fellowship


  • Drug Enforcement Administration, March Federal Controlled Substance License
  • NYS Department of Health, December New York State Controlled Substance License


Chiroptical Sensors
Dai, Z., Canary, J., Duan, X., , . & , . Elsevier.


Fluorescent sensors for metal ions and enzyme activities Chirality

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Raman spectroscopy as a teaching tool in the Forensic Science and Chemistry courses.
Mojica, E. & Dai, Z. Verizon Thinkfinity Foundation through Pace Provost's Office,Pace University,$14,524.32.Funded.

Intellectual Property

Patent: Chiral piperidine and quinulclidine ligands[Non-Provisional]
United States


The American Academy of Forensic Science

The American Chemical Society

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