Charles McCrory was born in Bloomington, IN. During his undergraduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, he conducted research with Professor George E. Ewing studying the structure and composition of thin films of water on single-crystal salt surfaces. Charles completed his graduate studies at Stanford University under the mentorship of Professor Christopher E. D. Chidsey. 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. After receiving his Ph.D., Charles conducted postdoctoral 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, Charles 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, Charles supervised a research team in the development and implementation of protocols for evaluating the activity and stability of (photo)electrocatalytic materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and the carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2RR).
Charles 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.