B.S. Chemistry, Indiana University, 2004
B.S. Mathematics, Indiana University, 2004
Ph.D. Chemistry, Stanford University, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech, 2010-2011
Professor Charles C. L. McCrory was born in Bloomington, IN, but grew up in various cities and towns throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Maryland. He returned to Bloomington for high school and then attended Indiana University, Bloomington for his undergraduate studies as a Wells Scholar. He conducted his undergraduate research with Professor George E. Ewing studying the structure and composition of thin films of water on single-crystal salt surfaces. After graduating from I.U. with degrees in chemistry and mathematics, Prof. McCrory moved to Palo Alto, CA where he attended Stanford University for his graduate research focused on understanding the kinetics and mechanisms of electrocatalytic oxygen reduction and alcohol oxidation by discrete molecular complexes immobilized onto carbon surfaces. He continued working in molecular electrocatalysis during his postdoc research with Professor Jonas C. Peters at the California Institute of Technology where he studied the electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction by Co- and Ni-complexes.
In 2011, Prof. McCrory joined the research staff of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub dedicated to the development of integrated solar-fuels technology. As Lead Benchmarking Scientist at JCAP, Prof. McCrory supervised a research team in the development and implementation of protocols for evaluating the activity and stability of solid-state heterogeneous (photo)electrocatalytic materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and the carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2RR). His seminal papers on catalyst benchmarking have been cited thousands of times collectively and have helped foster new and exciting discussions as to best practices for measuring and reporting water-splitting catalytic materials within the electrocatalysis community.
Prof. McCrory joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2015. His research program uses a combination of surface science and electrochemistry to study the mechanisms and kinetics of electrocatalytic transformations of small molecules for energy storage and environmental remediation. Prof. McCrory is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).