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A. Rotaru, C. Constantinescu, P. Rotaru, A. Moanta, M. Dumitru. Thermal analysis and thin film deposition by MAPLE of a 4CN type azomonoether. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 92, p. 279–284, 2008.

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: laser assisted deposition, liquid crystals, MAPLE, phase transitions, thermal analysis, thin film

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