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Simple Solid-Phase Synthesis of Hollow Graphitic Nanoparticles and their Application to Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Electrodes


  • T. H. thanks the National Creative Research Initiative Program of the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology for financial support. Y.-E. S. acknowledges the support of the KOSEF through the Research Center for Energy Conversion and Storage. Supporting information for this article is available online or from the author.


Hollow graphitic nanoparticles (see Figure) have been synthesized by the simple heat treatment of a mixture containing a polymeric carbon precursor and a transition metal salt, followed by oxidation. When these particles are used as a catalyst support for a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) electrode, the current density and maximum power density of the catalyst supported on these particles is higher than those of a commercial catalyst.

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