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Kyle M. Lancaster

Associate Professor

Kyle M. Lancaster

Educational Background

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



The Lancaster Group employs synthesis, biochemistry, and a broad range of spectroscopic methods––with an emphasis on synchrotron-based core spectroscopies––to explore reactivity mediated by transition metal complexes and metalloenzymes. The group currently focuses on transformations pertinent to the biogeochemical nitrogen cycle and to C–H functionalization.

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

Selected Awards/Honors

2020 National Fresenius Award – Phi Lambda Upsilon/American Chemical Society

2018 Kavli Fellow – National Academy of Sciences

2018 Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry Mentor

2018 Paul Saltman Award – Gordon Research Conferences, Metals in Biology

2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2015 Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award

2013 Forbes 30 Under 30: Science and Health

2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship



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


Spring 2022


Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Nitrogen Cycle

Transition Metal Electronic Structure/X-ray Spectroscopy