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Brad Easton
PhD, MCIC, C. Chem


Ontario Tech Research Excellence Chair in Electrochemical Energy Materials


Faculty of Science

Prof. Easton's research interests spans the areas of electrocatalysis, novel electrode structures, and membrane materials that have applications in energy systems and sensory devices. His research explored fundamental problems in electrochemistry as well as materials in highly applied electrochemical systems. Prof. Easton's teaching interests include physical, analytical and materials chemistry.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4073
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2936

Research topics

  • Electrochemistry
  • Fuel Cells
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Breath Alcohol Sensors
  • Electrochromic Films
  • Carbon Surface Chemistry
  • Hydrogen Production

Areas of expertise

  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrochemical Systems
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Fuel Cells
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Breath Alcohol Sensors
  • Ethanol Sensing
  • Carbon Surface Chemistry
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Hydrogen Technologies
  • Impedance Spectroscopy


Harnessing energy from low-cost and highly efficient fuel cells to power mobile devices and commercial transportation will provide a critical source of clean energy and reduce the global carbon footprint. Brad Easton, PhD, Professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, leads the Ontario Tech University's Electrochemical Materials Lab where his research group prepares and characterizes new materials with primary applications in electrochemical systems. A materials electrochemist, he develops new materials and compounds that display notable electrochemical properties and tests them for energy conversion and storage applications, such as fuel cells or capacitors, or for electrochemical sensing, which determines the presence and concentration of certain compounds. Driven by the science of discovery, Dr. Easton's research group has developed real-world and real-time diagnostic measurements to better understand how electrode materials are breaking down, while avoiding subsequent expensive and difficult measurements.

Dr. Easton earned his Bachelor of Science and his Doctorate in Chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He joined the Ontario Tech University as an Assistant Professor in 2006, following the completion of two NSERC post-doctoral fellowships at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Easton promoted to Professor in 2017. In 2018, he was awarded one of the inaugural Ontario Tech Research Excellence Chairs in the area of Electrochemical Energy Materials.


  • PhD Memorial University of Newfoundland 2003
  • BSc (Hons) Memorial University of Newfoundland 1998

Courses taught

  • CHEM 4040U: Physical Chemistry: Surfaces & Colloids
  • CHEM 3540U: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry II
  • MTSC 6330G: Electrochemical Methods and Materials
  • MTSC 6530G: Carbon based Materials