B.A.Sc., Ph.D. (California, Berkeley).
Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto.


Phone: (416) 978-4575
Fax: (416) 978-8605
Email: mims@chem-eng.utoronto.ca

Research Areas

Catalysis, especially related to energy, fuel conversion and environmental reactions, fuel cells, surface chemistry and surface analysis.

Consulting Activity

Technical advice on chemical reactions in general, catalysts and reactor engineering, combustion and fire – related issues, solvents and fuel properties. Expert opinions in support of insurance claims and litigation.


Charles Mims is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He obtained his B.A.Sc. (1967) from the University of Texas, Austin, and Ph. D. (1972) in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Mims worked for 15 years in research and development in the petroleum industry before joining the faculty at University of Toronto as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair-holder in 1990.

Professor Mims is interested in the reactivity of materials, especially solid surfaces. In the form of catalysts and electrocatalysts, surface reactivity is responsible for 80% of the chemical goods manufactured today and improved processes and materials hold promise for energy generation and usage, and for improvement of the environment. By fundamental research on surface reactions and the characteristics of surfaces, he hopes to discover new and improved catalytic and electrocatalytic materials for fuel cells. He is also interested more general reactions at surfaces relating to the effects of moisture on paper and other materials, and to the adhesion of polymers. He has published more than 50 papers in refereed journals, and has many invited conference presentations and other scholarly addresses. Professor Mims is the current chair of the Catalysis Division of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry and Canadian Catalysis Lecturer for 2003-4. He is director of Surface Interface – Ontario, a regional user facility for surface analysis housed in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.

Professor Mims provides advice on reaction engineering, catalysis and energy issues. He also provides expert advice on many general aspects of chemical materials, including reactivity related to combustion and corrosion, problems relating to polymer foam manufacture, and the mixing characteristics of solvents. He is involved in surface analysis of materials relating to their properties or failures and is available to provide surface analytical work in support of litigation and insurance claims.

Complete CV available upon request.