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Ling Huang - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Ling Huang Ling Huang

Associate Professor of Chemistry | Hofstra University


Dr. Huang is a chemistry researcher and scholar who is noted for his work on designer drug analysis.






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Dr. Huang has a solid background in analytical chemistry and is especially skilled in biosensor and bioseparations. He is interested in forensic science applications of analytical chemistry, specifically designer drug analysis, elemental analysis of evidence with X-ray fluorescence, and ink analysis. As a chemistry educator, he is also interested in exploring new educational tools such as mobile apps.

He has extensive experience in the following areas: glass and PDMS microchip fabrication, surface functionalization and characterization using XPS, AFM, SEM, EDS, fluorescence spectroscopy, nanogold particles, electrophoresis, UV-Vis, HPLC, functional silicone polymer, monolithic polymer columns, thermal analysis (TGA and DSC), GC/MS, electrochemistry, NMR, FTIR, DART-MS, TXRF and Spartan molecular modeling.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (6)

Designer Drug Detection

Microfluidic Bioseparation

Capillary Electrophoresis

Forensic Ink Analysis

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy

Accomplishments (1)

Mentor of the Year, Hofstra University (professional)


Ling Huang, PhD, associate professor of chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2018 Mentor of the Year, an annual award that honors outstanding faculty supervision of advanced undergraduate research.

Education (3)

University of Virginia: PhD, Chemistry


University of Oklahoma: MS, Analytical Chemistry


Fudan University: BS, Chemistry


Affiliations (2)

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Chemical Society

Languages (1)

  • Mandarin Chinese

Media Appearances (3)

Hofstra Research in Forensic Science Helps Fight Opioid Epidemic

Fox 5 NY News  online


Fox 5 NY interviewed Associate Professor of Chemistry Ling Huang and Nicole Homburger '19, who are using forensic science to identify the components of designer opioids, the source of a growing nationwide epidemic. They hope their work will help law enforcement curb the distribution of the lethal drugs.

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Hofstra Professor and Student Use Chemistry to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

Long Island Herald  online


A chemistry professor at Hofstra University and his pupil are conducting research in forensic science to alleviate the burden of the nationwide opioid epidemic. Ling Huang, of Salisbury, and rising senior Nicole Homburger, of Bellmore, are using a screening process called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy as a means of quantifying and identifying the components of designer opioids.

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Considering a Crackdown

WCBS-TV News  tv


Professor Huang was featured in a CBS 2 News report that examined a crackdown on vaping products. Dr. Huang discusses what his research has shown about the potential health dangers of chemicals found in e-cigarettes.

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Articles (2)

Rapid Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Herbal Incenses with DART-MS and NMR

Journal of Forensic Sciences

Michael A. Marino, Brandy Voyer, Robert B. Cody, A. John Dane, Mercurio Veltri, Ling Huang

2015 The usage of herbal incenses containing synthetic cannabinoids has caused an increase in medical incidents and triggered legislations to ban these products throughout the world. Law enforcement agencies are experiencing sample backlogs due to the variety of the products and the addition of new and still‐legal compounds. In our study, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was employed to promptly screen the synthetic cannabinoids after their rapid, direct detection on the herbs and in the powders by direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART‐MS).

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Rapid screening and quantification of synthetic cannabinoids in herbal products with NMR spectroscopic methods

Analytical Methods

Faith Fowler, Brandy Voyer, Michael A Marino, Jordan Finzel, Mercurio Veltri, Nanette M. Wachter, Ling Huang

2015 The abuse of “Spice” designer drugs, herbal incenses containing synthetic cannabinoids, has led to an increase in medical incidents and triggered legislations throughout the world banning these harmful designer substances. As more cannabinoids are added to that list, forensic analytical labs are experiencing sample backlogs due to the variety of the products and the addition of new and still-legal compounds. Here we use NMR spectroscopy exclusively to screen for and quantify synthetic cannabinoids in herbal products. In contrast to other qualitative and quantitative NMR methods that have appeared in the literature, in our methods synthetic cannabinoids were directly extracted with NMR solvent without any conventional lengthy isolation, purification or chromatographic separations.

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