The electrochemical interface between a polycrystalline Pt electrode and the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([bmim][OTf]) has been studied by in-situ IR-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. Potential dependent adsorption/desorption processes of OTf anions has been monitored within the electrochemical window. SFG results indicate that the ions form a double layer structure at the interface. Significant adsorption/desorption hysteresis has been observed for the anions on the Pt surface.
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