Characteristics of the Catalysts Using Activated Carbon Nanofibers with KOH as the Support of Anode Catalyst for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Jung, Min-Kyung; Kim, Sang-Kyung; Jung, Doo-Hwan; Peck, Dong-Hyun; Shin, Jung-Hee; Shul, Yong-Gun; Yoon, Seong-Ho;
Carbon nanofiber (CNF) grown catalytically was chemically activated with KOH to attain structural change of CNF. The structural changes of CNF through KOH activation were investigated by using BET and SEM. From the results of BET, it was found that KOH activation was effective to develop particular sizes of pores on the CNF surface, increasing the surface area of CNF. Activated CNF was applied as an anode catalyst support of fuel cell. The effects of different activation conditions including the activation temperature and the activation time on the specific surface area of the CNF activated with KOH were investigated to obtain appropriate structure as a catalyst support. The 60 wt% Pt-Ru catalyst prepared was observed by using TEM and XRD.