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A newly synthesized copper-complex exhibiting nonlinear optical properties, crystalline nature, and generating interest as a material for non-linear optical applications was investigated. As thermal stability studies are indispensable before attempting any laser-assisted processing experiments, the thermal behavior of 2,2′-dihydroxy azobenzene with Cu2+ cations that are found to organize themselves as non-central symmetric crystallites, was investigated. The thin films were deposited on silicon substrates by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation using a Nd:YAG laser working at 266 and 355 nm. Thermal analysis of the bulk compound indicates a higher thermal stability in argon flow when compared to the air atmosphere; as well, since, the adhesion of the compound onto the substrate enhances the bonding, the thermal stability of the Cu complex increases. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy investigations were also performed.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: A. Rotaru, Catalin Constantinescu, P. Rotaru, Anca Moanţâ, M. Dumitru, Margareta Socaciu, Maria Dinescu, and E. Segal

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A new synthesized 4CN type azomonoether, exhibiting dying properties, crystalline nature and generating interest as a material for non-linear optical applications was investigated. Modern devices incorporating liquid crystals tend to use thin films of such materials because of their special characteristics. Thermal stability studies are indispensable before attempting any deposition experiment. We have investigated the thermal behaviour of 4-[(4-chlorobenzyl)oxy]-4′-cyano-azobenzene (TG, DTG, DTA and DSC) in inert flow atmosphere, under non-isothermal conditions. The phase transitions were studied by repeated heating-cooling regimes, with intercalated isothermal steps. The thin films were deposited on silicon and quartz substrates by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) using a Nd:YAG laser working at 266 nm. FTIR spectroscopy of the obtained thin films confirmed the preservation of the compound’s structure.

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