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Kyle M. Lancaster

Assistant Professor

Olin Chemistry Research Wing, Room 678a



The Lancaster Group employs synthesis, biochemistry, and a broad range of spectroscopic methods to explore small molecule reactivity as mediated by transition metals.

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inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, synthesis, outer-sphere coordination, small-molecule activation, climate change, nitrogen cycle


  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Graduate Fields

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology


  • Mechanisms and bioenergetics of Archaeal nitrification
  • Trapping reactive small molecules using designed outer coordination spheres
  • Spectroscopic explorations of organometallic catalysis



Walroth, R. C.; Uebler, J. W. H.; Lancaster, K. M. High Energy Resolution Fluorescence Detection of Metal-to-Ligand Charge Transfer Pre-edge Transitions in CuI K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectra. Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 9864–9867.

MacMillan, S. N.; Walroth, R. C.; Perry, D. M; Morsing, T. J.; Lancaster, K. M. Ligand-Sensitive but Not -Diagnostic: Evaluating Cr Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy as a Probe of Inner-Sphere Coordination. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 205–214.

Kornecki, K. P.; Briones, J. F.; Boyarskihk, V.; Fullilove, F.; Autschbach, J.; Schrote, K. E.; Lancaster, K. M.; Davies, H. M. L.; Berry, J. F. Direct Spectroscopic Characterization of a Transitory Dirhodium Donor/Acceptor Carbene Complex. Science 2013, 342, 351–354.

Lancaster, K.M.; Zaballa, M.E.; Sproules, S.; Sundararajan, M.; DeBeer, S.; Richards, J.H.; Vila, A.J.; Neese, F.N.; and Gray, H.B. “Outer-Sphere Contributions to the Electronic Structure of Type Zero Copper Proteins” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012134, 8241–8253.

Lancaster, K.M.; Roemelt, M.; Ettenhuber, P.; Hu, Y.; Ribbe, M.W.; Neese, F.; Bergmann, U.; DeBeer, S. “X-ray Emission Spectroscopy Evidences Interstitial Carbide in Nitrogenase Iron-Molybdenum Cofactor.” Science 2011334, 974–977.

Lancaster, K.M. “Biological Outer Sphere Coordination.” Struct. Bond. 2011142, 119–153.

Lancaster, K.M.; DeBeer George, S.; Richards, J.H.; and Gray, H.B. “Type Zero Copper Proteins.” Nature Chem.20091, 711–715.