In this investigation, we report the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous carbon with disordered MCM-41 type structure by carbonization of sucrose within the pores of siliceous MCM-41. The silica template was removed by a standard procedure, viz., etching with HF, followed by filtration, washing and heat treatment, to obtain the mesoporous carbon. The resulting mesoporous carbon, designated as NCCR-41, was then used as a support for the preparation of highly uniform and well-dispersed nano-sized platinum nanoparticles. The supported catalysts with narrow size distribution of the active platinum, referred as Pt/NCCR-41, show excellent electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with platinum supported activated carbon (Pt/AC) as well as commercial carbon (Pt/E-TEK) catalysts. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.