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Richard Walroth


Mentor: Kyle Lancaster


B.S. Chemistry, University of Florida, 2012


3rd Place in HHMI CASE Poster Competition. HHMI Undergraduate Research Award. Florida State

Research Experience:

McElwee-White Lab. University of Florida. 01/2010-05/2012,
Lavis Lab. Janelia Farms Research Campus. 06/2011-08/2011

Current Research Activities:

My research project focuses on the enzyme ammonia monooxygenase (AMO). Through a combination of various spectroscopic methods, I will elucidate the mechanism by which AMO hydroxylates ammonia to hydroxylamine. In addition, I am synthesizing copper complexes modeled after the active site of AMO.


Goforth, S. K., Walroth, R. C., and McElwee-White, L. (2013) Evaluation of multisite polypyridyl ligands as platforms for the synthesis of rh/zn, rh/pd, and rh/pt heterometallic complexes, Inorg. Chem. 52, 5692-5701. PubMed

Goforth, S. K., Walroth, R. C., Brannaka, J. A., Angerhofer, A., and McElwee-White, L. (2013) Heterobimetallic complexes of polypyridyl ligands containing paramagnetic centers: synthesis and characterization by IR and EPR, Inorg Chem 52, 14116-14123. PubMed

MacMillan, S. N., Walroth, R. C., Perry, D. M., Morsing, T. J., and Lancaster, K. M. (2015) Ligand-Sensitive But Not Ligand-Diagnostic: Evaluating Cr Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy as a Probe of Inner-Sphere Coordination, Inorg. Chem. 5, 205-214. PubMed

Walroth, R. C., Uebler, J. W., and Lancaster, K. M. (2015) Probing Cu in homogeneous catalysis using high-energy-resolution fluorescence-detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Chem. Commun. (Camb) 51, 9864-9867. PubMed

Walroth, R. C., Lukens, J. T., MacMillan, S. N., Finkelstein, K. D., and Lancaster, K. M. (2016) Spectroscopic Evidence for a 3d10 Ground State Electronic Configuration and Ligand Field Inversion in [Cu(C3F4)]-1 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1922-1931. PubMed

Corcos, A. R., Villanueva, O., Walroth, R. C., Sharma, S. K., Bacsa, J., Lancaster, K. M., MacBeth, C. E., and Berry, J. F. (2016) 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. 138, 1796-1799. PubMed


Walroth. R. C.; Goforth. S. K.: McElwee-White. L. Synthesis of Heterotrimetallic Complexes for Electrocatalvtic Oxidation of Ethanol. Oral Presentation. National ACS Meeting, Denver, August 28 – September 1, 2011

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