Nonlinear optical materials are a rapidly growing market and are expected to exceed $1.6 billion by 2009. Significant time, energy, and investment have been applied to increasing the efficiency of producing NLO materials. Of these materials beta-barium borate has stood out as an important NLO product. The goal of this research was the development of a novel beta-barium precursor suitable for applications in thin film technology. Special attention was paid towards development of a precursor suitable for metal organic chemical vapor deposition. To that end special attention was paid towards the synthesis of a mononuclear barium compound. The novel BBO precursor obtained was a barium dimesityl borate compound coordinated with 18-crown-6, barium (18-crown-6) dimesitylborinate (BaB2C48O8H68). The apparently water-sensitive precursor has shown conversion to BBO comparable to current industrial processes.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nonlinear optics--Materials; Barium compounds--Synthesis; Barium compounds--Properties
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School of Chemistry and Materials Science (COS)
Scott, Travis M., "The synthesis and characterization of a novel single source beta-barium borate precursor barium (18-crown-6) dimesitylborinate" (2007). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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