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Synchrotron far-infrared spectroscopy in situ was successfully carried out on a copper microelectrode using a grazing-angle objective attached to a Bruker IRscope II microscope. The thin-layer spectroelectrochemical cell was constructed out of Teflon and fitted with a 20 µm-thick Mylar window; the copper electrode was 500 µm in diameter. Measurements were carried out in 0.1 M NaOH solution as a function of applied potential between -1.4 and 0 V versus a Hg/Hg2SO4 reference electrode. Results demonstrate that with the present technique it is possible to obtain in situ spectra with excellent signal-to-noise ratio for surface oxide films formed electrochemically with less than 1 nL of active solution volume. The surface film on copper at 0 V consisted mainly of CuO with possibly some Cu(OH)2 also present. This interpretation is consistent with previous works and thermodynamic calculations.

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