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Kyle M. Lancaster

Assistant Professor

Olin Chemistry Research Wing, Room 678a

Educational Background

  • Postdoc, Cornell University
  • PhD, California Institute of Technology
  • BA, Pomona College



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

More information and the group's latest news can be found at here.


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



MacMillan, S. N.; Lancaster, K. M. X-ray Spectroscopic Interrogation of Transition Metal-Mediated Homogeneous Catalysis: Primer and Case Studies. ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 1776–1791.

Caranto, J. D.; Vilbert, A. C.; Lancaster, K. M. Nitrosomonas europaea Cytochrome P460 Is a Direct Link between Nitrification and Nitrous Oxide Emission. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2016, 113, 14704–14709.

Walroth, R. C.; Lukens, J. T.; MacMillan, S. N.; Finkelstein, K. D.; Lancaster, K. M. Spectroscopic Evidence for a 3d10 Ground State Electronic Configuration and Ligand Field Inversion in [Cu(CF3)4]1–J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1922–1931.

Corcos, A. R.; Villanueva, O.; Walroth, R. C.; Sharma, S. K.; Lancaster, K. M.; MacBeth, C. E.; Berry, J. F. Oxygen Activation by Co(II) and a Redox Non-Innocent Ligand: Spectroscopic Characterization of a Radical–Co(II)–Superoxide Complex with Divergent Catalytic Reactivity. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1796–1799.

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